REASONS YOU MIGHT NEED An ACADEMIC COACH
HELP NAVIGATING THE USER-EXPERIENCE
OF COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY WEBSITES, PROCESSES, LINGO, AND STRUCTURES (majors, departments, etc).
HELP FIGURING OUT HOW YOUR PASSIONS, INTERESTS, SKILL STRENGTHS CAN BE TURNED INTO A COLLEGE MAJOR OR CAREER.
PREFER TALKING TO SOMEONE ONE-ON-ONE RATHER THAN FIGURE OUT THE DAUNTING MAZE OF OPTIONS ON YOUR OWN.
WANT ADVICE FROM SOMEONE WHO IS NOT FAMILY,
WHO CAN GIVE YOU HONEST INFORMATION
AND HELP YOU FIGURE OUT THE BEST VERSION OF YOU.
CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN A PROGRAM at any level AND NEED ASSISTANCE WITH ORGANIZING, TIME MANAGEMENT, WRITING, OR DECIPHERING ASSIGNMENTS.
WHAT IS An ACADEMIC COACH?
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WHY COACH VAL?
1. An ACADEMIC INSIDER. I know how the systems function in colleges and universities from how programs and curriculum is structured, to the admissions process. In my more than 20 years as a professor I was active in talking with prospective students and parents as well as engaged in 'recruitment'. I am giving you inside information on how to navigate this process. I can help you understand school type (research vs liberal arts, for example) in what will bring out the best you.
2. A CRITICAL THINKER. I have a unique mindset that balances analytical and creative approaches. I consider myself a lifelong learner and I'm able to help distill information sometimes that seems disparate into a connected pattern. I am able to ask you the right questions to be able to find your best solution - the major that fits you best, the type of school that would suit you best, etc.
3. A PUZZLER. Some of my friends call me this and another one refers to me as a Swiss army knife. I love puzzles. I think being able to see patterns and interconnectedness in figuring out a plan of study and career goals is fun.
4. An ADVOCATE. I have been working with people basically my whole life. I was a day camp counselor in high school and a writing tutor in college. I was a girl scout through silver award and then a leader for 5 years after undergraduate school. I have spent more than two decades working with people. My roles as a professor at small schools involved advising and coaching. I developed a portfolio course and assisted students in the bridge between college and career in assessing goals and skills all the way to creating a portfolio. I think about students, their work, and if I have ideas for them I will communicate those.
5. A Writing (and Design) Coach. When you have figured out your choices for application, we can work together on the essays you need to write. I won an essay contest in 8th grade and was in Honors English in college where I worked in the writing lab as a tutor. Even though I taught graphic design, writing and assisting with writing was a primary aspect of most of my course instruction.I'm also a good editor with a keen eye for detail. I can easily spot typos and help you examine your word choice and sentence structures as well as topic analysis.
1. TWO 1.5 HOUR DISCOVERY VIDEO CONFERENCES
includes q/a and discovery conversations in reviewing EDU websites, navigating to types of majors possible, and types of schools that may fit your goals by understanding your interests, skills, and dreams to be able to help you figure out how those combine in a plan of study and careers.
2. THREE ONE HOUR FOLLOW-UP VIDEO CONFERENCES
SCHEDULED OVER A 4-6 WEEK PERIOD
this is where you begin to narrow down your choices based on evaluation of a variety of criteria that suits your needs such as faculty/student ratio, curriculum, overall student environment
3. ASSISTANCE WITH APPLICATION AND ESSAYS
providing advice on the application process, examining school acceptance rates and their application requirements. advice on how to tackle the application essay, review and conversation about your topics, and editing assistance via email or a video conference.
plus email or whatsapp support to answer questions,
share links, and review edits.
Approximately 8 week program
You have already narrowed down your application choices and just need help with the essay component.
1. ONE 1.5 HOUR VIDEO CONFERENCE
up to two more virtual sessions to review and edit your writing
which is managed in a critique interaction to point out various issues and ask probing questions to clarify and synthesize your essay. More than two essays may require additional time.
Approximately 3-4 week program
NOT LIMITED TO CREATIVE FIELDS
Throughout my career I have worked with faculty and people across disciplines. Working in small Universities enabled me to connect at the collegiate and professional level with people from the humanities, social and physical sciences, business, and beyond. I can help you decipher assignments, edit or critique your writing, assist with how to connect the dots - whether it be finding a major that fits your interests to discovering resources for your test-taking goals, among other academic challenges.
I have been advisors to 100s of students who needed assistance in choosing classes and defining their core concentration, minors and sometimes double majors.
In the classroom, I've worked with a variety of students taking my classes as electives or for minor or concentration requirements ranging from construction management, to marketing, to theater or creative writing, and even architecture among others. I understand that we all have a different way of viewing the world and learning styles.
In 2020, I've assisted high schools students interested in engineering and possibly design or creating objects, environmental and political science as well as a student who wasn't sure where to start but through our conversation realized that nursing and possibly forensic nursing which would combine her interests in science, legal systems, and helping people (but not in a hospital:)
I'm adept at critiquing work from visual to written. As a designer, I have the skills to not only see your work aesthetically, but I am trained to look for writing issues such as typographic errors and grammar. I'm adept at asking the type of questions that are key to help distill your ideas into a phrase, sentence or entire essay.
Where will our conversations lead?