What is the difference between academic coaching and tutoring?

Tutoring is subject-specific. If a student is struggling in math, a tutor will re-teach information covered in class and/or prepare a student for a specific test. Academic coaching builds the core skills necessary in order to be a successful student. These skills may include organization, time management, note-taking, study strategies, self-advocacy, goal-setting, etc.


What are the ages of the students at Academic Coaching Associates?

Our students’ ages range from late elementary school through college.


My child is reluctant to work with an academic coach. How do I get them to “buy in” to the process?

Our coaches are excellent at making connections and building bonds with students. Once students begin, getting them to attend future coaching sessions is rarely an issue because our students know their academic coach is there for them through every step of their journey to success.


How will an academic coach be chosen for my child?

Coaches are matched with students based on the age of the student and location, and most importantly, the coach’s area of expertise. During our pre-initial consultation conversation, parents are asked to describe the personality of their child, what kind of person he or she would respond to best, likes and dislikes, etc. in order to pair the student with a coach who they will will respond to best.


Where do student coaching sessions take place?

Coaches usually meet with students at a mutually convenient location such as a public library or the student’s home. Most academic coaching and tutoring sessions for middle and high school students take place after school and in the evenings. We can also accommodate students who prefer working with their coach or tutor on the weekend. Since college students have more erratic schedules, their coaching sessions and happen at any time (within reason).


I do not live in Connecticut, can Academic Coaching Associtaes still help my child?

Absolutely! We video conference with many of our students through Skype, Facetime, etc. There are ACA online students across the US and internationally as well.


How often should my child see his or her academic coach?

Students usually meet with their coach once or twice a week for 55 minutes. Students will often add sessions during midterms, finals, or if there is a big test or a project coming up. Many students supplement academic coaching by seeing one of our tutors as well.


Is there a contract or a certain number of academic coaching sessions my child is obligated to attend?

Not at this time. Although we do not require a long-term commitment, it is important to understand that academic coaching is not a quick fix, but rather a process that takes time and effort.


Do you guarantee higher student grades?

No, and we strongly suggest parents beware of companies that say they do.


How long will it be until my child begins seeing results of academic coaching?

As our process is tailored to meet the needs of each individual student, this varies. Students usually need to break bad habits and replace them with new ones to achieve academic success. This process takes time and commitment.


My child is not ADHD or diagnosed with an executive function disorder; do you still provide coaching?

Yes, many ACA students do not have a diagnosis and just want to fine-tune academic skills.


Will my child’s academic coach speak with his or her teachers, therapist, neuropsychologist, etc?

ACA coaches are happy to speak with other professionals on a limited basis with no additional fees. If a coach is asked to speak to other professionals often or engage in lengthy conversations, our usual hourly fees will be applied.


How will I know what my child is working on with his or her academic coach?

Many students are not as forthcoming as they could be about what takes place during coaching sessions. To keep parents in the loop, our academic coaches will send a summary, or “lesson notes,” by email within 24 hours of each coaching session. This summary describes what happened in the academic coaching session, skills and strategies taught, and anything else that was addressed. Parents are welcome to contact their child’s academic coach at any time for additional information as well.