Academic Support Group
I’ve provided outside support for learning disabilities in many different contexts, and I’ve noticed that in nearly every instance the student does not have positive relationships centered on 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.
But I think students need those positive relationships to learn. 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.
I’ve seen this first-hand: I first started tutoring in juvenile detention centers, where it was essential to build a strong relationship with my students before they would listen to anything I had to say. I saw great results there, and I’ve seen great results in the rest of my career as I’ve carried that lesson forward.
My hope is that my students in academic support group will form bonds with each other over their academics, see each other as allies in their education, and continue to support each other by providing outside support for learning disabilities to their fellow group members, even after they’ve graduated our little group.
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
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 philosophy and approach of this program were inspired by my interpretation of Paolo Freire, specifically Chapter 3 of Pedagogy of the Oppressed. I highly recommend this reading, which you can download here.