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Academic coaching and tutoring are often confused by many people. They are two different but overlapping approaches to teaching. In general, academic coaching focuses on helping students with their learning process or is also referred to as executive function coaching. An academic coach will provide students with guidelines and tools. These will help that student learn how to tackle schoolwork and learning challenges.
Tutoring is typically subject-specific. Tutoring works well when a student is performing poorly in the subject content and needs help to best understand the subject content. A student does not necessarily have to be performing poorly before needing an academic coach. It’s quite common for ‘A’ students to request help with school and homework tasks, academic management, and assignment planning.
We expect students to maintain good grades, and to actively learn. Solid homework routines help students improve study habits. Academic tutors are content experts. Some students need comprehensive help with their subject content. Other students might need tutoring with specific areas of their content. We find out our students’ needs and find ways to help each student learn based on how they learn best. Academic coaches help students plan and develop routines to improve their homework management. They also help students learn the skills needed to tackle downstream academic challenges. Some of our academic coaches are content specialists.
Academic tutors help students prepare for specific subject tests and exams. Academic coaches teach students how to study for tests and exams. Providing them with the tools and resources needed. Academic coaches create avenues for students to ask questions on a broad range of topics. This form of academic coaching helps students understand the content deeper. This is a life skill. Exams are a way to test students’ knowledge about a specific subject. It also serves other purposes like motivating students to study. Exams can also determine if the strategies used to teach the students are effective. It can show you if the problem is coming from the teacher and not the student.
At Themba Tutors, we provide you with guidelines and tools that will best fit your needs.
Executive Functions are the mental skills that help us remember instructions. It also helps when planning and doing many tasks at the same time. Issues with executive functions can make it hard to focus and follow directions.
Executive function coaches will help students with real-life functional skills.
Some of these skills include:
Having reading disabilities like dyslexia is a disadvantage compared to students without it. Disabilities like this will slow down the student progress. Teaching them the right reading strategies is the best solution. Effective studying methods will help students learn more. Students will develop discipline which will result in being more productive with their time when studying.
At Themba Tutors, our experienced professionals will help you improve your reading and studying skills.
Improving one’s writing needs a constant touch-up. Academic coaches help college students and adults to improve their writing skills. A writing coach will help brainstorm, organize, and improve their written grammatical skills. Academic tutors are more likely to focus on adding specific content to the essay. An academic coach will identify ways to help a student improve their writing skills. Academic coaching empowers students with the skills and tools for learning. Tutoring will help students understand specific subject matters. This will allow them to perform well in that particular subject.
At Themba Tutors, we will let you know what kind of help you need once we set up a free intake. Knowing the student’s strengths and weaknesses is vital for helping the student with the challenges they’re facing. We offer services that include academic coaching and tutoring based on the student’s needs. We also offer a hybrid model for those students who need help with content and improving their underlying study skills.
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