College Achievement Coaching

It’s the end of your child’s senior year.

They did it. They are about to graduate. They’ve selected a college that feels right for them and the bags are literally almost packed. In fact, mentally, they are already playing frisbee on the quad! But then there’s saying good-bye and the transition to college academics. The transition to dorm life and the first week. The first homesickness and the first big test.

So many firsts again.

Dropping your child off at college hoping they make all the right decisions and use all the resources can be a daunting and challenging expectation for everyone involved.

We get that!

We understand all those firsts. We understand all those hopes and expectations for your students. We understand that you want your child to achieve their best in college. That’s why we’ve created a College Achievement Coaching program.

College Achievement Coaching will provide your student with regularly scheduled personalized coaching. Studies show that when a student group works with an academic coach, that group leads in retention by 10-15% more than students who do not work with a coach.* (Stanford University, School of Education) The College Connectors College Achievement Coaching program will assist students with developing academic, social, and life skills. Working with a College Achievement Coach can not only help students develop as individuals, but also guide students through their first year (and beyond) of college by encouraging them to create meaningful connections on campus.

  • ::Preparing
  • ::Achieving
  • ::Mastering
  • ::You’re a pro

    Preparing for college: the summer before

    • Understand college lingo and how it all affects students and families 
    • Guidance through the required paperwork
    • Best practices for living with a roommate – and what to do if there are differences
    • Create a family communications plan
    • Review resources database
    • YOU meeting – reflective student check-in meeting

    Achieving in college: the first semester of college

    • Managing multiple life changes
    • Time management and study skills best practices
    • Class management exercises
    • How and why to connect with faculty
    • YOU meeting – reflective student check-in meeting

    Mastering college: the second semester

    • Understanding academic standing
    • Revisit and refine student academic interests
    • Motivation and goal setting techniques
    • Experiential learning exploration (internships, study abroad, research)
    • YOU meeting – reflective student check-in meeting

    Starting sophomore year strong

    • Tips to avoid the sophomore slump
    • Fine tuning academic skills
    • Solidifying a path: selecting a major and experiential learning opportunities
    • Maintaining a long-term academic and social balance

Our goal is not to replicate services offered on campus, but to assist the student in finding those resources and making the best use of those resources. We offer a trusted confidant who can be accessed at any time without having to make an appointment or wait in line for services.

Sophomore start?
What if your student is already in college and needs some support? Maybe those first have happened, but your student is struggling with the seconds. Maybe their sophomore year is the first year on campus which brings up many new challenges. We can help.

*Retention in higher education is defined as the percentage of students who return to the same institution for their sophomore year. The sophomore year is the riskiest year when students unenroll or transfer, often due to barriers they’ve not faced before, like choosing a major, roommate problems, academic struggles, not asking or too embarrassed to ask for help. Our coaches teach students to address these obstacles proactively rather than intervening during crises.