FAQs

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What is “Executive Functioning?”

A.

Spoecifically defined it is

...executive functions are a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation.

The list of exécutive functions includes:

  1. Inhibition
  2. Shift
  3. Emotional Control
  4. Initiation
  5. Working Memory
  6. Planning / Organization
  7. Organization of materials
  8. Self Monitoring

Each of thèse skills requires careful development in youth as each serves a highly useful purpose throughout the course of ones life irregardless of academic, career or personal aspirations.

Q?

When is the right time to start thinking about my children’s career path?

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It is never too early to begin the process.  Each person is unique, but each person has many chances to lock into their true passion.  For some of us this happens later in life but with the right coaching youth can line up their real inner passions with appropriate career pursuits by the time they are usually 12 to 15 years of age.

Q?

Why should I consider coaching for my teen?

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The Coaching Program is a series of skills and concepts delivered by a trained and certified Academic Coach that helps students thrive. Academic Coaching goes beyond youth mentoring by helping students understand how best to learn in school, exercise personal leadership, and be more proactive in their lives. The skills teenagers learn now have an exponential impact on their future. Learning these skills helps students avoid common pitfalls and it also changes the upward trajectory of their fulfillment, success, and effectiveness.

Q?

My child is hesitant about working with a coach, how should I approach this?

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Some students are really hesitant to meet with a life coach. We meet with all students in public places like libraries and coffee shops, which sets the tone for meaningful conversation in a comfortable setting. The best way to explain the Academic Life Coaching program is not to explain too much. The simple explanation is that we look at helping students understand how they study and learn best as well as develop habits and skills that will help them succeed.

Q?

How can I measure the success of the coaching program?

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It’s usually comprised of these three elements:

1) doing well academically as measured by grades, 2) being more confident as measured by poise in social situations and attitudes about abilities, and 3) exercising leadership as measured by being proactive in pursuing a project or passion outside of the classroom. College acceptance is a also a common measurement that parents and students care about.

Q?

How long should I use coaching?

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Each individual is different.  Successful candidates of our programs usually use a combination of  a defined length program and follow that up with milestone meetings.  Defined length programs usually run for 12 months.  Milestone meetings act as future follow ups to ensure that the roadmap set is being followed and goals are being realized.  These key milestone follow ups happen 2-3 times per year following an initial fixed program.

Q?

How much does it usually cost?

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The average cost for the basic coaching program is often as little as $100 per month.  The total investment is usually between 0.5% and 3% of the average cost of Post Secondary education.  This is the smallest portion of a student or parents overall cost of education, but is really the most important one in helping define the path before substantial time and financial costs are had.

 

Q?

When can I start?

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There are no defined start or end dates to individual programs.  Parents and youth need to start the process when they are ready.  Individual programs start when scheduling permits and group programs have start dates 3-6 times per year.