WHAT IS ACADEMIC COACHING?

Research shows Academic Coaching helps students make connections between cognitive and non-cognitive skill sets, improves retention, supports online learning environments, and has positive effects on students with executive function disorders, like ADHD. Research also shows students who receive proper direction and feel connected to the campus community are more likely to graduate.

 

In LifeBound’s Academic Coaching training, teachers, professors, faculty, staff, and advisors learn how to develop strong student-coach relationships and coach students to develop the non-cognitive skills they need to be successful in school, career, and life.

 

WHAT IS LIFEBOUND'S DEFINITION OF ACADEMIC COACHING?

In sports, the coach works with the player until game time. At game time, the coach moves to the sidelines and the player takes the field. Here is where the greatest learning takes place – where the ideas and lessons are put into action.

 

Academic coaching is similar – it’s an action-based model where students learn to set goals, problem-solve, take initiative, and evaluate outcomes.

Our Definition: Academic coaching is an ongoing partnership to help students produce fulfilling results in their lives. Through the process of coaching, students deepen their learning, take responsibility for their actions, improve their effectiveness and consciously create their outcomes in life.

HOW DOES COACHING IMPROVE STUDENT AND TEACHER OUTCOMES?

Coaching is a set of skills that can be used by all levels of faculty and staff to address the whole student in a supportive, rigorous, and purposeful environment. Through the practice of powerful question asking, educators put students in the driver’s seat of their own lives to reach personal, academic, and professional success.

 

Academic Coaches use the six tools to help students think through problems, identify solutions, make conscious choices and evaluate outcomes.

 

LISTEN

ASK

CHAMPION

OBSERVE

ACKNOWLEDGE

CONFRONT

Teachers who receive training in academic coaching are better equipped to:

• Design effective alliances with students

• Ask powerful questions

• Acknowledge and champion students

• Promote student accountability

• Hone student inquiry

• Improve students’ intrinsic motivation

• Deliver critical feedback

Students who are coached demonstrate:

• Greater self awareness

• Increased motivation to follow through on commitments

• A better understanding of their personal strengths and weaknesses

• Improved ability to trust their instincts

• A sense of being valued for who they are and what they think

• Abilities to create and implement actions plans to propel them forward

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