Tutoring is about mastering a specific content; coaching is about perfecting the learning process and learning about one self. An academic tutor will into detailed explanations about a specific subject whereas, a coach works with the student to understand what can facilitate learning to occur. The coach will then introduce tools and strategies so that the student will the inherent capability to overcome learning/ academic challenges, be it time management, stress management or motivation.
Coaching is not counselling. It is not about sharing your deepest fears or emotions while trying to diagnose a deeper problem. Coaching is focused on helping the individual create more positive, sustainable action in his or her life.
Coaching is focused on giving the student the concepts that help will help your child navigate Secondary School, Junior College, Polytechnic and University (as well as your University application).
There is no homework as such as it is more about an application of the concepts or tools learnt during a session. For example, after going through Systems & Organisations and one of the agreed action step is to start doing homework by a certain time everyday, then the student will go ahead and work on that for the week. At the next session, we will then review what worked and/ or what didn’t work. The whys (then we go into limiting beliefs or motivational values) and then the how to improve the system.
Every programme is personalised to the student, and each session unique to the situation that the student is experiencing. However, a typical session would cover:
CHECK-IN: How has been the past week been? How have you been doing?
QUICK FOLLOW UP: Did you manage to follow through on the agreed action steps?
CONCEPT INTRODUCTION: What skills/ tools that can help me in the coming weeks?
ACTION ITEMS: What action items will you agree to use for the upcoming week?
The session can be weekly or fortnightly depending on you the parent as well as the child. In between sessions though, there will be informal follow-ups. For example, if the action step is to start homework by 4pm everyday, and if agreed, the child sends me a message everyday at 4pm to tell me they are starting their homework.
No, materials will be provided. We may have workbooks with introductions to the concepts and exercises/ activities which we will go through together during the sessions. The materials can serve as a refresher for your teen after the 10 sessions are over.
Sessions can be conducted face-to-face in person, over the phone or through video-conferencing (through Zoom which does not require any setting up of accounts or software). Video-conferencing is preferable as it allows the session to be help in a space which is comfortable for the student/ teen. In addition, it cuts down on travelling time for the student.
Sessions are conducted in an environment that encourages the student to let their guard down and share their challenges. Presence of parents can discourage this. However, after every session, parents are sent an email updating them on the topics covered (with a guide on how to also reinforce the learning with the teen at home), and also progress.
Graduates of the programme have experienced a range of outcomes including improvement in academic results. They have also articulated finding greater sense of purpose in their studies/ learning and greater motivation in doing well. Parents have commented that relationships between their child have improved due to improved communication.
Contact me to arrange for an no-obligation introductory interview to experience a snapshot of the programme. The aims of the introductory interview are: 1) to see whether there is a good fit between the student and myself 2) experience a couple of the concepts 3) understand the focus that the student would like to have for the programme.
During the programme, you as a parent are involved. You will receive an email after each session on the progress of your child as well as an update on the key concepts covered. In addition, Marion will provide you with tips and suggestions on how to best support your teen . However, if as a parent you feel that you would benefit from a more personalised session with Marion on how to work with your teen, please do contact her.
Want to be confident and feel less stress about school? Want last minute cramming for exams to be a thing of the past? Want a balanced and successful school life?
Marion’s vision is of a child, sitting in a classroom, with a smile on her face; happy and confident, self-assured, calm and feeling able to “take on the world”.