Academic Support Group
For students looking for longer-term support, or for students who need support with executive functioning, study skills, or socio-emotional learning, I offer academic support in a small group context. This group is intended for students who would benefit from social support and who want to benefit from positive social relationships built around learning.
I offer two versions of this program: a $400 version (comes with 45-minute sessions) and a $1000 version (comes with 1-hour-45-minute sessions). The only difference is the length of the included one-on-one sessions. Students are divided by grade level (into middle schoolers, high schoolers, and undergraduates), and each group is capped at 10 students. This program includes:
- Weekly planning meetings with other students of the same age to talk about study skills, prioritizing for the week, and to celebrate academic successes.
- Four private homework help sessions (either 45m or 1h45m) that can be scheduled at any time during the membership month
- Access to a restricted online support forum (only available to current members and closely moderated by me) where students can post questions and get answers 24/7 from me and from other students
The Philosophy of Academic Support Group
I’ve worked with students with learning differences in many different contexts, and I’ve noticed that in nearly every context, the student does not have positive relationships built around school and learning. Their relationships with teachers and administration are often oppositional, and they very rarely have any peer relationships that are positive about school.
I believe that building positive relationships around school and learning is the single greatest academic change we can make in the life of a student with learning differences. A group of peers who is dedicated to seeing you succeed, can encourage you to push your limits, and can celebrate your successes is invaluable to a young person who is struggling in school.
My goal with my academic support group is to build a small community that is intentional about providing encouragement and support to our members as they navigate their academics. In addition to the one-on-one content instruction they get, students will participate in a group planning meeting and an online social academic forum. In both places, I actively support and solicit a culture of support, kindness, and encouragement.
My hope is that these students will form bonds with each other over their academics, see each other as allies in their education, and continue to support each other even after they’ve left our little group.
This program was heavily influenced by Chapter 3 of Paolo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, which I highly recommend: you can download a PDF of the book here.