Academic Coaching for Students with Executive Function Challenges
Parents have trusted Academic Coaching Associates since 2010 to help their underperforming students improve academic performance. Students learn science-based strategies specifically designed to strengthen executive functions.
I had turned into the nagging mother whom my child was exasperated with. I have an extremely intelligent child who has been diagnosed with ADHD attentive and mild anxiety. We were riding the rollercoaster of up and down grades due to her problems with her lack of executive function. She was having issues with perfectionism and not turning in homework which she did not think was good enough, forgetting to turn in homework, losing homework and forgetting to do assignments. I was frantically searching for how to help without being “that” mom. Fielding emails from teachers regarding missed assignments, not knowing how to help her manage big projects without her freaking out over the the volume of projects in High School. The fights, the tears, the late frantic nights trying to make sure work was completed.. was driving us both crazy. I started searching the internet for help and advice. That’s when I found ACA. I accessed their website several times before making contact with Susan. I sent an email asking how they could help and received a very quick response. I did an intake interview and then set up an intake interview with my daughter, Susan and Hilary Ben-Ami whom Susan said would be a great match for my daughter. The match was perfect. For several years Hilary worked with my daughter not tutoring but helping her to learn how to manage her school and her life. Hilary helped my daughter learn how to stand back and break down large assignments into small pieces. She learned how to set deadlines for herself on completing tasked and how to prioritize her tasks to complete them in a timely manner. I received weekly e-mail updated from Hilary with objective descriptions of successes and challenges as well as a list of homework assignments. I was able to stop nagging and trying to ineffectively manage my daughter and once again be a mother. Was it free.. no, but was it worth the money spent? Absolutely!!! Don’t hesitate to get help! Don’t hesitate to contact ACA for their services!
ACA worked with my son in his final semester of college. With significant patience and support from Sarah at ACA, he managed to pass his Physics and Econ classes and will graduate as a dual major this Friday! Sarah was terrific all semester in trying to find solutions that worked for him and offering a wide range of options for him to try. I'm confident that not only was this effort worthwhile in the short term in terms of getting him across the finish line but it'll help equip him with techniques that will be valuable going forward.
My daughter was working with Coach Hilary Ben-Ami. Hilary offered her accountability and strategic solutions to balancing the many AP classes in her senior year of high school and in dealing with her executive functioning challenges. They will be working together next school year when my daughter begins college.Hilary provided good advice to us as parents dealing with a teen with ADD and on the Spectrum. She offered multiple solutions and we even had a few family sessions to discuss roles/expectations/accountability. Those sessions really helped us step away and let Hilary be the coach.Our daughter learned more skills from Hilary than from any of her teachers in high school or from our previous coach. We are so grateful to have her in our daughter's life going into college.
I greatly enjoyed my time working with the team at ACA. I worked specifically with Celia Lofink and really appreciated my time with her. I felt that she genuinely cared about my success as a client and provided the right amount of support and resources for my needs. Celia was a great mentor and was a huge help through my job search process. I definitely recommend her to anyone who may be struggling in their job search or just needs further guidance in the applying process.
ACA is the reason my son is not only still in college, but is now doing well in in all his classes. When I came to ACA he was all but failing, but after working with his coach he is thriving and I could not be more impressed with their services. If you have a struggling student reach out to them, you will be glad you did.
ACA has been life changing for us and our son. Our son always did exceptionally well in school, but needed help with executive functioning skills. All of our coaches over the years have been helpful and this final year and a half of high school with Hilary has given him all the tools he needs to excel in college. It's also nice that they do college coaching as well and that they are there if you need!
We can not say enough positive things about our family's experience with Academic Coaching Associates. Our college age son has always struggled with the rigors of school but is determined to be successful. ACA provides him with the tools and confidence to be successful! From our first meeting with Susan Schaefer to being paired with Marissa, our son's coach, we have felt heard, supported and hopeful. Our son is starting his third year of school and he is a much different student than he was before. Marissa provides a lot of strategies for the roadblocks that seem to be in his way and holds him accountable and to task. He is no longer defeated before he begins a project and he is a stronger advocate for himself when he needs to be. Academic Coaching Associates has been one of the best investments our family has ever made.
Academic Coaching Associates was simply the best program to support our daughter through her first year of college. Lauren is a fabulous academic coach. She is knowledgeable, professional, and has a personality that is most conducive to working with young adults. We are so grateful for this experience!
We were extremely happy with the personalized service Celia provided our son with his career search. She coached him for approximately 4 months. During this time, they explored many career options along with the possibility of grad school or further education. Initially, his search was long distance until his move to CT. Celia was patient, caring and very encouraging. Since this was a cross country move and career “re-start”, Celia was extremely concerned that our son not just find a job, but encouraged him to be very selective and find a position that would jump start a new career. She kept us informed with summaries of their discussions.Thank you, Celia-for guiding and believing in our son during this transition!!Sue & Bob Black, Sunriver, OR
The staff is super. They really care about the success of the students. The owner Sue started this service to help children succeed in life. Give your child a fighting chance at success by getting the help of ACA.
We have worked with Lauren at ACA for 2 years now. My student was struggling not with the material, but with the executive function skills needed to maneuver a college schedule. Prior to joining, my student was at risk for loss of scholarship. Happy to say that this past semester he carried a full load of 15 hours and ended with a 3.7! Highly recommend Lauren and the people at ACA. They are great at listening to what is needed and providing guidance and help for students.
After my son struggled with his 1st semester as a freshman at an out-of-state university, I reached out to Academic Coaching Associates (ACA). I was favorably impressed with their onboarding/screening process and the initial consultation with their team. We explained our goals (i.e., shore up grades while working online from home for a semester and then seek transfer to another university). They described their process and mutual expectations for success. I was very impressed with the coach and that she was able to develop rapport with my son in bi-weekly consultations to ensure he was organizing, covering all online class assignments (easy to miss in covid online formats), planning in advance, and resolving questions/issues with the universities and professors. You never know how students will react or connect and our coach was fantastic. She provided updates to me after each coaching session and answered my questions along the way. I am happy to say my son exceeded his GPA expectations and was able to be accepted at his first choice of university. Thank you ACA!
In my experience here as a graduate student I was repeatedly impressed by the diligence and professionalism of the coaches as well as the administration. They delivered on everything they promised me week after week and I've honestly never seen such a significant shift in my behavior before in my life! It isn't always super easy but my coaches help me keep pushing. Who knows where my grades would be without you. THANK YOU ACA!!!
Marissa is one of the finest coaches Academic Coaching Associates has to offer. She takes an individualized approach to coaching and is truly a great example of a person of integrity and the desire to help others.Marissa truly cared not just about my academic success, but also my success in life. Marissa always had a positive approach while working with me and helped me develop a mindset that is full of positivity and possibility.I just completed my bachelors of science in biology from Colby-Sawyer College and I can say with 100% confidence that if it was not for Marissa, I would not have finished college and quite frankly, I don't know where I would be.I would highly recommend Marissa to any student who is looking for assistance not just in academics, but also in life.You won't find anyone better. I guarantee it
Sue and the coaches at ACA really "get" kids – not only academically, but emotionally and developmentally. They have a proven track record of success in connecting with struggling students and helping them dramatically improve their academic performance. Highly recommended!
Celia, with ACA, was fantastic. Her communication with us was excellent, providing regular progress reports. She helped our son stay organized by prioritizing his academic work and personal time. And I am happy to report, our son reached his goals and achieved Chancellors List in his second college semester. He really could not have done it without the help of Celia.
Marissa worked with both of my teenagers this year. My children spent the year attending school remotely due to the pandemic. Keeping them motivated was a difficult task. Marissa is compassionate, caring and patient. She quickly adapted to each child's needs and incorporated different methods to help them manage their assignments and set priorities. She kept me informed also, so I was able to follow up with them between sessions. I would highly recommend Academic Coaching Associates.
Thank you so much to Sarah for her work with my daughter this past year. We appreciated her gentle cheerleading and helpful guidance. Over the course of her work, my daughter improved significantly in her academic success. This past semester she got As in Art History and English 1B. (She had previously got a C in English 1A.) She is 60% done with her online Korean course and is so far earning an A in that course as well.
Marissa has done an outstanding job supporting my son in his academic pursuits. She has been instrumental in his improvement, in organization, discipline, and commitment to his own success. Her warm personality, and her focus on positive reinforcement has been key in helping my son do his best in and out of the classroom. I highly recommend her.
We are so incredibly appreciative of all that you have done with our son. We truly believe we would not be here right now without all your help and guidance. I know how much he trusts and respects you. We are so very grateful
Marissa is the best! She is easy to talk to, understanding, and gives great advice! I have had a really tough time with organization and in other areas and she helped me get back on track. She has been my go-to and got me through the year. She’s great at what she does!
I am so grateful to Sue and her team at ACA. I knew I was in good hands the first time I called. I can definitely see the difference coaching has made in my son’s schoolwork.He’s gained a lot more confidence and actually does his homework without a major struggle! I would definitely recommend them.
Academic Coaching Associates was integral in my overall success during my undergraduate years. Through thick and thin Susan Schaefer and others stuck with me, and helped me truly believe I could achieve at the highest level. Thanks to Sue, I was able to highlight the strengths and weaknesses in my learning style, and come up with a study plan that will help me throughout my career endeavors. Thanks to Academic Coaching Associates, I have the necessary tools to succeed in whatever may come my way. Thank you guys!!