Dear high school students,
We are your cheer squad.
Life/Academic/Career Coaching - High School
life & college readiness program
for high school students
Let's face it: high school is no cakewalk! You're likely swamped in homework and possibly overwhelmed with all that is in front of you. Wouldn't it be nice to work with a Coach who listens to you without judging? In this program, high school students will be working 1-on-1 on a weekly to biweekly basis with a certified Life Coach who is specially trained to work with young people.
Each session is a transformative, guided conversation during which your Coach uses their extensive training to compel you to think deeply, answer difficult (but never impossible) questions, identify interests and values, and more!
High school is a wonderful time to explore your individuality and independence, and we support you! Once you complete this program, you will have a better grasp on who you are as a person and what to do to prepare for college.
7-10 Suggested Coaching Sessions per school year
Unlimited email and texting communication
Apply "The Study Cycle" to earn better grades more easily
Create effective systems to manage time and reduce stress when studying
Address root causes of procrastination
Build better relationships through communication and self-awareness
Understand your motivation style and take initiative
Exercise leadership through a "Deep Interest Project"
Write successful college applications essays by demonstrating the qualities admissions officers seek
Become more confident and excited about your future!
Sessions Menu: High School Students
1. Intro Session
This session is all about FUN—and fit. The Coach will ask the student simple, curious questions to get to know the student’s personality and ambitions. They will also determine the student’s readiness for the program.
2. Wheel of Life, Well-Formed Outcomes, Action Steps
The student will learn how to create achievable goals called “well-formed outcomes”, along with its 4 must-have components: Positive, Precise, Portion Size, Point in Time. For more complex assignments and projects, the student will learn the technique of listing action steps. The Coach will also introduce the “Wheel of Life”, a tool that can help the student track their levels of satisfaction for the most important areas of their life.
3. Using A Planner
Planners are the most important, yet underutilized resource in a high school student’s tool box. Here, the student will learn the many different uses of a planner, as well as how to set up a planner so that it is helpful for both school and extracurricular activities.
4. The Study Cycle & Learning/Thinking Styles
Earn better grades with less effort!
Did you know that different people have different learning and thinking styles—and that they consequently place more importance on some forms of information over others? Here, students will learn how to identify “What?”, “How?” and “Why?” people and use this knowledge to connect with difficult teachers. The student will also learn be introduced to the Study Cycle, an enlightening tool for understanding what happens to the brain when we learn, and how to make the things we learn stick.
5. Motivation and Vision
In this session, the student will learn to view motivation in various ways: conditional vs. intrinsic, sake of self vs. sake of others, and Gretchen Rubin's "Four Tendencies." The Coach will also introduce the concept of vision and encourage the student to visualize successes in the immediate and long-term future.
6. Efficient Note-Taking & Reading
Most high school students still have a number of years of school ahead of them, and digesting and recalling information are skills that will remain useful for a lifetime. For this session, the Coach will divulge multiple, proven techniques for more efficient note-taking and reading. These skills will be especially useful for standardized testing and college lectures.
7. Systems & Organization
Here, the student will identify problem areas in their systems for study, work and home. The Coach will guide the student into developing better systems so that routine tasks are simple, automatic and stress-free. The student will learn to incorporate “anchors”, or personal reminders, into their systems so that their lives are built upon less effortful habits. Coach will also introduce the concept of “decision lag”.
8. Assumptions & Limiting Beliefs
In this session, the student will be encouraged to explore their negative assumptions in their relationships with others, and how turning these assumptions around can have positive effects on actions and outcomes. The student will also explore limiting beliefs in relation to their self, and the Coach will introduce techniques for overcoming these negative beliefs.
9. Inner Critic vs. Future Self
With the Coach’s guidance, the student will meet their Inner Critic, followed immediately by a meeting with their nurturing, wise Future Self. Both Inner Critic and Future Self are Life Coaching concepts designed to empower the student and build emotional resilience.
10. Values & Making Decisions
As the final session of our signature College Advantage Program: Year 1 for high school students, here the student and Coach will take the time to reflect upon the student’s core values in life. They will also explore how the student will be able to move forward in life and make decisions consistent with his or her values.
11. Strong Interest Inventory Assessment
A cousin to the famous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Offered on many college campuses, the Strong is an ideal tool for young people who need more direction in their choices of major or career.
12. Activity Logging & Resume Writing
Many college applications require prospective students to log their extracurriculars. Here, the Coach will work with the student to reconstruct a timeline of the student’s activities and construct a basic résumé for college.
13. Powerful Relationships & Building Empathy
The transition from high school to college is a meaningful one, and students should be able to formulate and honor powerful relationships. In this session, the student will examine key figures in their lives—past, present and future—and begin a discussion on empathy and the responsibility that they have to others.
14. Extracurriculars, Internships, Job Shadowing
For this session, the Coach will guide the student in pursuing extracurricular opportunities, including internships, jobs or job shadowing. The student will practice networking with members of their community; composing professional correspondences (such as emails); and seeking mentors and experience in the outside world.
15. Deep Interest Project (3 sessions)
What are colleges looking for in applicants? That’s always the number one question! And although there really is no way around the black box that is college admissions, most schools would agree that they hope to see 1) initiative and 2) progression of interest. For 3 sessions, the Coach will work with the student to identify a specific area of interest and create some sort of personal project around it. In an era of consumerism, schools want to see students create something.