The Academic Life Coach

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By - Marie Corfield

Academic Life Coaching – An Overview

What you need to know to choose the right academic life coach for your child.

Credit: Daniil Silantev

What it is – and isn’t

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “a partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

Education has undergone drastic changes in the past fifteen years. Teaching to the test has replaced teaching to the students. ‘Accountability’ is the buzz-word from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students are now expected to know more and do more at an earlier age than ever before. The college application process is more like an Olympic  sporting event than an exciting adventure. As a result, many students feel burned out, unmotivated, directionless, stressed, depressed – a rudderless ship adrift at sea.

We all have the keys to our own success inside of us. Assuming there aren’t any serious underlying medical conditions (you should always check with your doctor first), academic life coaching may be just what your child needs to put some wind in their sails. Rather than ‘fixing’ a ‘problem’, life coaching is a collaborative process of unlocking a client’s true potential. My academic life coaching technique takes about 10 sessions to complete this process.

Academic life coaching is a reflective and introspective process however, it is not therapy. While client confidentiality is respected, there is clearly-defined communication with parents on a regular basis. As an academic life coach, my job is to help your child find their path, define their hopes, dreams and ambitions, and plot a course for success. I do not give advice; I offer suggestions–with your child’s permission. I do not push. Any actions your child takes are those they have decided upon themselves after thoughtful consideration of all aspects of a problem or situation. I do not hand-hold. Change is rarely linear. While I am there 100% for your child, if they hit a bump along the way, we analyze the situation and your child decides what corrective actions to take.

How is it done?

Coaching can certainly be done face-to-face, but thanks to the power of technology, the process can be done almost anywhere there is Internet connectivity and/or cellular service. A coach/client relationship can take place anywhere in the world!

How do I know I’m choosing a qualified academic coach?

Do your homework. Ideally, you want to choose a coach who has had professional training and certification. The ICF describes their Code of Ethics as “designed to provide appropriate guidelines, accountability and enforceable standards of conduct for all ICF Members and ICF Credential-holders.”

I received my academic life coach training through Coach Training EDU. “Coach Training EDU is on a mission to revolutionize education, wellness, and the way we work. [Their] philosophy is based on the tradition of and science behind curiosity…Coach Training EDU stays on the cutting edge of coaching, neuroscience, and positive psychology research.”

“Questions? Comments? Brilliant Observations?”

That’s what my high school biology teacher used to ask us, and I still ask this of my students at the end of a lesson. I hope you found this information useful. If you do happen to have any questions, comments or even brilliant observations, please leave them below. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Academic Life Coaching – An Overview

Louie March 9, 2018 at 12:58 am

This is the first time I heard about academic life coaching. It seems like this is what the young generation of today needs. i agree that there is a sense of having no direction fromthe youth of today, yet there is such burn out and stress to accomplish so much academically.
what is the ideal age to start academic life coaching?
thanks for this informative post!

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    Marie Corfield March 9, 2018 at 1:06 am

    Hi Louie,
    Thanks for your question. Ideally coaching can be started in middle school-7th and 8th grade.

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Rox March 9, 2018 at 1:58 am

I have never heard of academic life coaching before. I love the part where you say ” i do not give advice, I offer suggestions.. i do not push” often times you have coaches who forget that their role is to help and not to push children on a certain path! Really great post!

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    Marie Corfield March 9, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Thank you. It really is a collaborative process. Students have so many people telling them what to do. Sometimes they need time to figure out what they want.

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Kim Susko March 9, 2018 at 3:57 am

i ALSO HAVEN’T HEARD OF ACADEMIC COACHING BEFORE, BUT i DEFINITELY SEE HOW MUCH MORE COMPETITIVE THE WORLD IS FOR KIDS TODAY. i THINK HELPING KIDS TO THINK AND MAKE DECISIONS ON THEIR OWN IS CRITICAL AS THERE ARE SO MANY EXPECTATIONS, OPPORTUNITIES AND MESSAGES CONSTANTLY BOMBARDING KIDS TODAY. lOOK FORWARD TO LEARNING MORE.

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    Marie Corfield March 9, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Kim,
    Thanks for your comments. School is so stressful these days. Add to that all the people, places and things that compete for students’ attention, and that’s a whole lot of stress. So many kids struggle in the first semester/year of college because they finally have to make their own decisions. Unless they have some practice in that, it can leave them feeling ‘less than’.

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