More than ever, students need support across all levels of education, from elementary school through college. According to the non-profit, Complete College America, only 5% of students complete their associate’s degree within two years and less than one in five complete their bachelor’s degree within four years. Colleges accept students based on metrics that should predict success, such as GPA and standardized test scores. However, it is clear that students are more than the sum of such scores; they are individuals with unique traits and experiences that make them more or less predisposed to success in high school and college. While experiences cannot be changed, perceptions can. Contrary to popular belief, key processes such as learning strategies, time management, self-evaluation, self-attributions,confidence, goal setting and self-motivational beliefs (i.e. self-efficacy and intrinsic task interest) can be developed in students.
While some students seem to breeze through high school with relatively few challenges, others find it more difficult to navigate. Trying to succeed academically, while participating in extracurricular activities and having a social life can be overwhelming and anxiety-producing; at times; academic performance may suffer; family relations may be strained. Technology, while a net positive in many instances, can be a further distraction as students utilize copious amounts of time striving to keep up on social media. Bottom line: many students do not have the self-discipline and other important metacognitive skills to maximize their potential during high school.
Based on her core mission of using educational psychology to help young people reach their academic and personal potentials, as well as years of experience working with diverse learners, Dr. Griswold Fine has a toolbox of strategies and processes to help a variety of students, from those who lack motivation, but have innate academic ability, to those who have motivation, but need an academic boost, to those who have both the drive and ability to succeed at prestigious universities.
Wherever your student is, Dr. Griswold Fine can help.
Based in Charlotte, NC also serving the Triad area.
What You Can Expect
Dr. Griswold Fine understands that people are multidimensional, thus, a one-size-fits all approach is never appropriate. She firmly believes that In order to be an effective academic coach, she must meet each student where they are. By taking the time to understand student and family academic hopes and dreams, she is able to develop a personalized approach to help each student maximize the chances of meeting his or her goals. On a separate, but related note, based on experience with hundreds of students, Dr. Griswold Fine has developed an unsurpassed ability to come up with creative solutions to variety of issues adolescents and their families may face. Based on this holistic perspective, typically, coaching high school students involves addressing a combination of the following and other skills and constructs as deemed necessary:
A process approach rooted in an analysis of individual student strengths and weaknesses and based on current educational research
Self-regulatory skills, or the ability to effectively employ plan for and execute academic tasks, ultimately, without the help of others
Motivation and self-esteem
Goal setting (how to set goals and why this is an effective learning strategy)
Accountability (to self and others)
Communication with parent
Collaboration with parents and other professionals