More than just a tutor, coaching facilitates increased self-awareness and an understanding of obstacles to success. We can help decrease frustration and increase self-esteem by helping individuals:
Are you a tutoring service?
Our services go beyond the scope of tutoring. A tutoring service focuses on remediation and re-teaching of content for specific courses. While we can address tutoring in session, this is not our primary goal. Additionally, we are not “homework helpers.” Many people who bill themselves as tutors are in fact merely sitting with students as they complete their homework, occasionally explaining something. While we can work on homework completion or subject specific tutoring on a case-by-case basis, we are primarily academic coaches and strategists.
What is a coach/strategist?
The ERG philosophy is that most students are capable of understanding the content of the courses they are taught. The difference between success and underachievement, motivation and apathy, can be attributed not to a failure of the intellect, but to a weakness in, or the complete absence of strategies. Some students seem to acquire ‘tackling their work’ strategies on their own. Study strategies such as organization, time management, note taking, expository writing and test preparation are rarely taught by teachers, especially at the middle school and high school level. Such teachers are content driven and normally expect students to devise their own approach to tackling the workload. Coaches build confidence, motivation and self-reliance through individualizing the teaching and implementation of study strategies to each client’s needs and style. Students then learn to work smarter, not harder.
Can you describe the process for me?
Coaches work in 60-minute blocks. Unlike franchised learning centers, there is no established “routine” carried out in the same way with each client. Such an approach would be counter to our belief that success depends on treating students as individuals. With the client, each coach determines the best approach. The length of time a student stays with us varies on the goals we set at the initial consultation. Some students continue through the entire school year and find their skills and performance improving continuously over time.
How do you measure success?
We measure results based on the student’s growing feelings of success, motivation and confidence, which are often, but not always, measured in improved grades and teacher comments. Parents who come to us expecting to turn failing students into excelling students overnight are likely to be disappointed. The same goes for parents who feel that only straight A’s measure success. This says more about the parent than the student! There is no quick road to success. Long ingrained habits in particular can take some time to overturn. The speed with which students move forward often depends on their buy-in to the process. If they leave the session and implement/apply the new strategies, they will progress towards achievement much more quickly than if they do not use the strategies between sessions. Goals are set at the beginning of the work and progress is determined by the realization of those goals.