This page is about ShineOn Educational Solutions, my Educational Coaching/ Executive Function Coaching practice.
“The most impressive attribute of Seth is his steadfast dedication. He has never given up on our daughter, even when she has become overwhelmed and wanted to give up. He has taught her to believe in herself. She is now graduating and will walk in the December ceremony. Seth will be with us at the graduation and share the pride that we all feel. She could not have done it without him.” – Bonnie Aurbach, Los Angeles, CA
Summer + Fall 2017 – If you want to set up a Meet & Greet Santa Monica, CA area or on Skype, you can email me here.
Video about my coaching practice
1. Who is educational coaching for?
- At the core, it’s for students who struggle with Executive Function
- Struggling, unhappy or frustrated students who need tools for school and life
- Middle school, high school and college/graduate students
- Students who don’t get their work done or turned in on time
- Students who don’t know how to study or how to “do school”
- The “Organizationally Challenged”
- “Unmotivated” students who procrastinate
- Students who have been told they “aren’t meeting their potential”
- Students with social-emotional challenges and sensitivity
- “At-Risk” Students
- ADHD/ADD, Dyslexia, Processing disorders, Sensory issues, Asperger’s
- Gifted and Talented Twice Exceptional (2E) students (most of my students happen to be 2E)
- Students with IEPs, 504s, RTIs
- Students that feel unsuccessful
- Outside-the-Box thinkers & learners
2. Benefits of coaching
- Students feel happier and more successful
- Build the habits that successful students need
- Improved Executive Function
- Better organized
- Manage time better
- Study skills: effectively navigate homework, studying, projects and tests
- Increased responsibility and independence
- Turn in high quality work on time
- Improved academic performance
- Dramatic increase in confidence and self-esteem
- Develop tools, strategies and systems specific to learning styles and preferences
- Develop metacognition (better understanding of oneself as a learner)
- Improved emotional regulation
- Enjoy learning more
- Improve critical thinking skills and tap into deeper levels of creativity
- Develop better social-emotional skills and healthier relationships
- Create lifestyle changes to positively affect learning
“Before working with Seth I was studying for most of the day, every day, with little results to reflect my effort. As my second semester at CU was ending I felt I wasn’t cut out for school and was debating dropping out of college. Fortunately my mother convinced me to work with Seth and give school 1 more shot. I’m glad. The difference is undeniable and the study skills, priceless. From time management to study space dedication/set up, as well as study techniques that commit the information to memory over time rather then cramming 3 days before an exam. My stress decreased drastically, I was able to enjoy life and do well in school, my GPA improved from a 2.4 to a 3.6 the first semester. Now I enjoy the school experience!” -Nick Bitzer, CU Student
3. Coaching is my passion
For me, there’s nothing better than helping a struggling student turn it around.
I coach students students who struggle with homework, studying, grades, planners, organization, motivation, time management, self-advocacy, etc.. I love the challenge of working with complex learners and helping them see how awesome they are, discover their strengths, get their stress in check, and develop a positive mindset. It’s about helping students become happier and more successful. (Note: For my definition of “success” I don’t care about grades or test scores… I care about my students’ happiness and well-being. Grades just happen to go up as a byproduct.)
So what do I do exactly? I provide educational coaching, empowering struggling students to experience greater success and happiness. I do this by meeting academic needs with a critical twist: they’re addressed in conjunction with executive function, social, emotional and lifestyle needs (sleep, nutrition, exercise.) In other words, it’s a holistic approach. This requires a lot of time together, so I designed robust programming to have a mix of 1:1 coaching, group coaching, home visits, parent coaching, school visits, school communication, and anything else that’s needed to create real change.
I help students develop the specific tools necessary to overcome their unique challenges. With extensive experience addressing extraordinarily diverse learning needs of outside-the-box thinkers, coaching is personalized to help individuals shine.
I work with students of all ages, elementary through graduate school. I sometimes coach adults as well. My goal with all clients is to reach a point where they do not need my coaching because they can independently navigate their educational experience.
4. Are we ready for coaching?
Coaching is not a quick fix. It requires a commitment from the student and parent. My intention is to help students create substantial changes so they can be truly successful and happy. Not only do students need to learn new skills, but they need to develop new habits, which takes time, patience and persistence. Parents and students both must participate in making changes in order to create solutions and to put new skills into practice. If you are willing put forth this effort and you want honest and clear feedback (even when it’s hard to hear) then you are probably ready.
5. Free Meet & Greet
If you want to see if my coaching is right for you and your child, contact me and we’ll have a Meet & Greet.
- What: This is an informal 30 minute meetup, so you can decide if this is right for you. It’s free. No obligation, no games, no pressure. It’s a chance for me to understand your situation and for you to see if my services are a fit.
- Where: It takes place in person or via skype.
- Who: I meet with any parties that you want to attend: students, one parent, 2 parents, guardians, or anyone else that you feel should be there.
- Note: It is up to you to decide if you want your child to be at the initial Meet & Greet. Sometimes the child is resistant to help of any sort (often teenagers) and a game plan needs to be made just to bring up the topic of coaching. I’m happy to give my thoughts specific to your situation.
“I am so in awe of how you relate to the kids.” – Christine C.