"I was pleased to find a study skills class for my daughter as she is about to enter middle school. Organizational skills are difficult for her, and I wanted to give her a head start in learning essential skills before starting 7th grade. The course materials provided by Carolyn are excellent. I was thrilled when I saw my daughter apply her new organizational skills to her out-of-control bedroom. She wrote a clean-up plan, breaking down the the big job into small steps. It is a "work in progress," and she can refer to her work plan so she can keep making progress toward her goal."

-Lori

"I also just wanted to thank you for everything you did for me, I never really got a chance to tell you that. I think of you not only as my teacher, but a friend. The best memories I have with you is when we just sat at your desk talking. You didn’t just teach me how to write a good paper, but you taught me much more important things about life. I really do miss the Monday nights we spent together. I know I would drive you crazy a lot of the time, but you stayed with me and helped me grow into the person I am now. I will always be thankful for the time you gave me."

-Jon Leener, Univ. of Wisconsin

"Carolyn is a tutor that not only helps your kid excel in school, but also your kid loves so much she never wants to stop going."

-Maryalice

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Academic Coach

What is an academic coach?

Just imagine training to perfect skill in a new sport.  A good coach can clarify the components of the process. She teaches you the discreet sub-skills sequentially. As you begin to approximate each “piece” you are given exercises to practice. Reinforcing the new ability this way helps it become “second nature”. Next the pieces can be combined and the process is integrated.  An Academic Coach helps students perfect their learning skills. This set of skills includes, but is not limited to study skills.

For instance, where Study Skills typically encompass strategies for time management, paper organization, homework, test taking, memory, and note taking – Learning Skills extend further.  In this arena I include writing skills beginning with the sentence and extending to the research paper.  The focus highlights how ideas are organized, supported and communicated.  With reading, the student is taught to discern the main idea and also to summarize given discourse. Distinctions are made between reading fiction and non-fiction with appropriate techniques to maximize each endeavor. Math foundations are filled in as necessary. Often the student who is struggling with pre-algebra concepts doesn’t have a firm grasp of our base ten system.  Entwined with these specifics the individual’s thinking process is nurtured and matures through the six stages outlined in Bloom’s Taxonomy, moving from Knowledge through Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis and ending with Evaluation.

Academic Coaching uses content to teach skills that can be generalized and develop into a solid foundation to apprehend information.