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Academic Coaching for Exchange Students


Parenting is hardly easy, is it?  It’s difficult enough when your child lives under your roof, with you controlling (or at least, having some input) on the flow of the day.  But just what do you do when your teen decides it’s time to study abroad?  It doesn’t matter if it is high school, or college, or work – or whether it is a semester, a year, or all four years of a bachelor’s degree.  This is definitely a challenge for a parent; the constant pangs of worry are accompanied by the inability to reach your child quickly if he needs you.

Fortunately, academic programs are filled with support systems.  There are the supports the organizers put in place and those of the school itself.  But, academic coaching might just be the one thing that puts your mind at ease.  (And guess what?  You can do it in your backyard too – your child doesn’t even need to go overseas to get this service.)

So What Exactly Is Academic Coaching?

It’s a little difficult to explain academic coaching because it looks different for every student.  Coaching gets to the core of academic woes; whether it is understanding specific concepts, difficulties with exam preparation, or a need to build executive function skills.  In fact, academic coaching can speak to all of these things and many more too.  It’s a little like having your own private school system; it’s got all the support and understanding of the topics and skills that must be understood for success.

And, for busy parents and those that live far away, it’s a service that keeps on giving.  It provides you with complete peace of mind that your child is thriving with her education while your teen knows there is always a point of contact when something doesn’t make sense.  Success is almost guaranteed, and there is certainly a track record of excellence wherever academic coaches are involved.

Extra Benefits for Exchange Students

International students can struggle with the actual learning part of their overseas exchange.  Yes, math is math wherever you go.  And, for the most part, science is science.  But the same cannot be said for history, political science and even English.  These are taught and understood differently in different regions of the world.

Academic coaches step into this scene to help fill in the gaps.  There are, after all, cultural norms in learning, and it is understood that all children know certain things.  (This also benefits local students who’ve not grasped concepts or norms along the way).  Without this information, it is almost impossible to do well in school anywhere (it doesn’t even need to be an overseas education).  More than that, these cultural and educational norms are a necessary step for assimilation.  Without this information, it can be difficult to understand a host culture, and the people in it.

And, coaches, unlike the other support structures you’ll find overseas (and possibly even locally), provide a link between parents and their children, whatever the distance.  When you consider the well-established international culture programs at Boston colleges, universities and even high schools, it’s not difficult to meet international students.  If one of these students (international or not) happens to be your child, then it’s time to consider academic coaching – and the world that educational excellence can deliver.