All about academic coaching

Do you know what academic coaching is? Everyone knows what a private tutor is, with 25% of GCSE students having one according to a 2019 BBC article. However, academic coaching is much less well known in the UK.

On this page you find a series of resources that explain what academic coaching is, how it compares to private tutoring and introduces you to the academic coaches in who work in my business.

What is an academic coach?

In this article, podcast episode and video I answer these questions:

  1. What is an academic coach?
  2. What does an academic coach do?
  3. What makes a good academic coach?
  4. Why would you need an academic coach?
  5. How do you find an academic coach?
  6. What results can you expect from working with an academic coach?

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Tutor vs academic coach: which does your child need?

In this article, podcast episode and video I lay out the differences between a private tutor and an academic coach to help you make the right choice for your child. When you read, listen or watch you'll find out the answers to these questions:

  • What's the difference between a tutor and an academic coach?
  • Which does your child need: tutor or academic coach?
  • Does your child need an academic coach and a tutor?

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How to get the most out of academic coaching

Are you thinking about signing up for 1:1 Academic Coaching with Life More Extraordinary? It's important to us that you get the most out of this experience – and making sure this happens starts before you even sign up for a preliminary call to discuss how we can help you.

In this blog you'll find some helpful pointers about how to get the most out of Academic Coaching. This will also help you to decide if you're really ready to make contact with us to discuss coaching. And, if you are ready it will ensure that you get the most from the coaching relationship from the very beginning.

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Introducing academic coach, Helen Chaplain

Helen Chaplain, academic coach

In this podcast interview, you will get to meet Helen Chaplain our lead academic coach.

Helen Chaplain is both a fully qualified teacher and a solicitor (non-practising). She holds an MA in English Literature & English Language from Magdalen College, University of Oxford and has ten years' teaching experience in independent schools rated as "excellent".

Helen left her role as Head of More Able and Talented and Oxbridge Co-ordinator at a leading North West school in July 2020 to join the Extraordinaries’ Club. She brings her significant experience in coaching students to work effectively, to develop their self-awareness and study skills and to increase their motivation. She has been heavily involved with helping students prepare their UCAS applications across the curriculum since 2010 as well as mentoring students on their EPQ.

In her interview, Helen shares:

1. Her history and what brought her to academic coaching.

2. The biggest struggle in her own education and how she overcame it

3. The experience she has as a teacher and how this informs her work as an academic coach

4. What she loves about academic coaching including examples of how she's helped young people she's worked with make break-throughs

5. Some quirky facts about what she likes to do when she's not working

Click here to listen to or read the interview with Helen Chaplain.

Meet academic coach David Rendle

Academic coach David Rendle

David Rendle has twenty five years' experience of teaching in secondary schools where he was both Head of House in a boys' boarding school and Head of Geography. David is also a trained life coach. Much of his coaching is working with neurodiverse people helping them with strategies to address the challenges they face, but also supporting them to make the best of their strengths.

David is married with two grown-up children and his interests are:

  • The environment
  • Following sport
  • Reading
  • Travel
  • Art

David is a life-long learner with a passion for conveying the love of learning to others.

Qualifcations

  • BSc (Hons) General Science, Durham University
  • PGCE in teaching secondary geography and physical education, Durham University
  • ILM Level 7 Diploma Executive Coaching and Mentoring


Click here to listen to or read the interview with David Rendle

Meet academic coach Keerti Purmessur

Keerti Purmessur, academic coach

Keerti Purmessur is a Cambridge graduate (she studied Natural Sciences and specialised in psychology). She qualified to teach on the Teach First programme after completing two Masters degrees and has been working full time very successfully as a private science, maths and psychology tutor for several years. Keerti is brilliant at helping students to strategise their learning and turn around their achievement even in subjects that they find really challenging. In her spare time, Keerti enjoys cooking as well as going to the theatre and various gigs. She also loves travelling and is currently planning her next big solo trip!

In her interview, Keerti shares:

1. Her history and what brought her to academic coaching.

2. The biggest struggle in her own education and how she overcame it

3. The experience she has as a teacher and tutor and how this informs her work as an academic coach

4. What she loves about academic coaching including examples of how she's helped young people she's worked with make break-throughs

5. Some quirky facts about what she likes to do when she's not working

Click here to listen to or read the interview with Keerti Purmessur

Get to know academic coach Carolyn Johannesen

Carolyn Johannesen, academic coach

Carolyn Johannesen has been working with students as an academic coach for 2 years. An experienced teacher, Carolyn discovered academic coaching when she joined The Extraordinaries Club with her son to support him with his GCSEs and loved the approach so much that she wanted to become an academic coach herself. Bringing the relationship building and organisational expertise she's gained through her teaching experience and being mum to two teenage sons, Carolyn works very successfully with students who need long-term organisational and problem solving support as well as empathy in implementing study skills strategies that work for them.

Carolyn has seen both her sons through their GCSEs and A-Levels, and her older son through university and a masters' degree so has a deep appreciation of the academic journey young people can find themselves on, and the challenges they face today.

In her interview, Carolyn shares:

1. Her history and what brought her to academic coaching.

2. The biggest struggle in her own education and how she overcame it

3. The experience she has as a teacher and parent and how this informs her work as an academic coach

4. What she loves about academic coaching including examples of how she's helped young people she's worked with make break-throughs

5. Some quirky facts about what she likes to do when she's not working

Click here to listen to or read the interview with Carolyn Johannesen

Meet academic coach Aarti Lodhia

Aarti Lodhia

Aarti Lodhia is a fully qualified teacher specialising in biology and has had twelve years teaching in both upper schools and sixth form colleges. Aarti left her role as the Curriculum Leader of A level Science in July 2020 to become a tutor and become an Academic Coach with the Extraordinaries club.

In her previous role, she worked predominantly with students applying for a place in Medicine and Dentistry and has significant experience in carrying out MMI (multiple mini interview) mock interviews and writing personal statements for UCAS applications. Aarti brings with her insight knowledge into examinations as previously she was a GCSE examiner and is currently an A level Biology examiner. Aarti is also a professional dancer alongside her tutoring and coaching, so appreciates what it is like to have a passion outside of studies and how to maintain both at a high level.

Click here to listen to or read the interview with Aarti Lodhia.

Get to know academic coach Zoe Holland

Zoe Holland - academic coach

Zoe Holland is a recent Head of Sixth Form and senior leader with 21 years’ experience in teaching History, Politics and Sociology. Since graduating from the universities of Reading and Hull, she has held a variety of roles including head of curriculum, pastoral leadership and has worked as a self-employed educational consultant. Alongside coaching and tutoring, she currently teaches part-time at a college in the north of England.

As an experienced examiner, Zoe is particularly effective in helping students to achieve the best grades possible at GCSE and A-Level. She particularly enjoys helping students through the sixth form with a focus on study skills and organisation ensuring a smooth transition through to university. Coaching is something that comes second nature to Zoe who is immensely proud of her record in securing fantastic university places for her students. She is also Mum to three children, so is very well placed to fully understand the current challenges facing young people in 2021.

Click here to listen to or read the interview with Zoe Holland .

Get to know academic coach Sarah Olsen

Sarah has had a long professional career in 1-2-1 coaching and training, including working with and tutoring teens. She has an entrepreneurial and finance background and has worked as a Chartered Accountant and in management roles in the UK and abroad.

As a Chartered Accountant, Sarah worked at the head office and German subsidiary of a FTSE100 company. She worked closely with the German Board on business improvement and business growth. Sarah also worked as an internal consultant on business risk, reporting to the Board and CEO and managing and coaching teams on UK and overseas projects.  As UK Head of Coaching at a coaching and consulting company, Sarah has managed the coaching delivery of services to clients, supporting them to achieve their career goals and dreams.  As an entrepreneur over the last 19 years, Sarah has coached hundreds of executives, professionals, and students as well as delivering workshops and seminars to business groups, SMEs and large corporations.

With her strong professional background and interest in personal achievement, Sarah’s particular focus is on supporting students to understand themselves better and easily create lasting change and personal success.  She is married with an 18-year-old son.

Click here to listen to or read the interview with Sarah Olsen.

Get to know academic coach Yutong Zhou

Yutong is passionate about helping young people achieve their best potential. Her background in psychology and education (BA Education; MSc Psychology and Education) motivates her to take a holistic approach in coaching that prioritises the learner’s wellbeing. Yutong is skilled in tailoring sessions based on individual learning needs. As the first generation in her family to go to university, Yutong developed the study skills to achieve first-class honours. Yutong had experience in mentoring, and upon graduation, she has been working as a SEND Learning Support Assistant. With her empathic nature and counselling skills, Yutong offers a safe space for students to talk and guides them to develop the mindset and autonomy to move toward their goals. Yutong is also a trained mental health first aider.

Outside work, Yutong enjoys exploring nature, playing the ukulele, and having meaningful conversations with friends.

Click here to listen to or read the interview with Yutong Zhou

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