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All about academic coaching

Academic coachingDo 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.

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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?

Click here to read, listen or watch.

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?

Click here to read, listen or watch.

Introducing academic coach, Helen Chaplain

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, Aarti Lodhia

In this podcast interview, you will get to meet 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.

In her interview, Aarti 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 – including her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing as a professional dancer.

Click here to read or listen to the interview with Aarti

Meet academic coach Keerti Purmessur

Keerti Purmessuris 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 discovered academic coaching when she joined The Extraordinaries Club with her son to support him with his GCSEs and loved my approach so much that she wanted to become an academic coach herself. Carolyn is a primary-trained teacher with a French specialism. She has recently joined a middle school setting and teaches French in years 5, 6, 7 and 8.

At home, she has supported both her sons through GCSEs, becoming aware of a variety of subject requirements and the kind of study and revision techniques needed to succeed. She’s also seen her older son through A-Levels, 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

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