I want to share something very special with you.
Throughout my 15 years in private education working with over 700 students, I saw that nearly every single student was hitting the exact same roadblocks.
So, I devised my student journey.
And today, I want to share my Academic Success Path with you.
The Academic Success Path that I lay out for you will play an integral role in getting your family on the same page, and getting your child to succeed quickly and painlessly.
Now, you might be tempted to skip to whatever your child is struggling with at the moment. I challenge you to avoid this temptation! Please don’t skip around! It is so important that you focus on giving your child ALL the foundations that they will need for their future success.
So without further ado, let’s go over the Academic Success Path.
Academic Success Path Step 1 is The Thinker
In this stage, we focus on fostering a learning mindset. This includes your child’s learning mindset, as well as the parent’s mindset around their children’s strengths, weaknesses, and capacity for learning. This stage of my Academic Success Path is where we begin to develop self-confidence and positive self-talk. We erase all the negativity that they direct to themselves such as:
“I’m just bad at school.”
“I’m a bad test taker.”
Beyond that, The Thinker helps them develop a concept of having a team that is there to help the student succeed. I get them to a point where they no longer see the teacher or school as the enemy, they don’t see you as a bossy mom or bossy dad forcing them to do homework, but rather, as a support system that is there to help them do well.
Step 2 is The Goal-Getter
In The Goal-Getter, we focus on defining, setting, and scaffolding goals. We work on choosing and committing to short and long-term goals, as well as what it means to set SMART goals. Without goals, there is limited success, if any. And without scaffolding goals, it is hard to get a child’s buy-in for doing well in school. This is because they often don’t see the value of a good education and how it ties into their own dreams for their life.
If you’ve ever heard your child say something like: “What’s the point? There’s plenty of successful people that dropped out of school!” Then this is where your child is at. They don’t see the relationship between what they’re doing now, and what they want for their lives, and so, their current schooling appears to be a waste of time and energy.
Step 3 is The Planner
In The Planner, we focus on getting organized. This includes several different types of organization including time, space, and tasks – so it goes far beyond just buying your child a random planner and expecting them to immediately do better.
Step 4 is The Architect
The Architect is a big one! Here is where we will be establishing all the frameworks your child will need for learning. This includes test-taking strategies, study strategies, time management, note-taking, improving your focus, efficiency, and mental energy, and more.
Step 5 in my Academic Success Path is The CEO
This stage is my favorite because this is where you will truly see your child blossom, and this is where they get to actually grow and develop beyond their academics. In The CEO, my students develop their ownership, agency, and perseverance when it comes to learning and life. And since they’re grades are up and they are able to spend less time with their nose in a schoolbook, they are able to invest more time into activities such as:
- self-care to continue improving their mental and emotional wellbeing
- sports to improve their physical health
- hobbies to improve their concept of accomplishment and skill development
- creativity through the arts
- leadership to develop their confidence and communication skills
- community service and developing their sense of civic duty
- developing their entrepreneurial spirit through a part-time job
In sum, this is where life gets fun!
Now again, your child may be experiencing partial success in several of these stages. Perhaps they have a rock-solid mindset but are having partial success with setting goals and getting organized, and they are very successful with their current learning frameworks. Well, I always encourage you to start your focus on the very first stage. This is because there may be something that we don’t really they’re struggling with. Instead of letting it become apparent much later in the process, I encourage parents and students to always start at the beginning to set strong foundations. If they truly don’t need the help in that stage, then they’ll breeze through it and can move forward more quickly.
I stand firmly behind my Academic Success Path and the lessons I design and create for each phase. I believe that no matter what, you should start from the beginning. However, if you must skip ahead, only skip to the first stage where they show any sign of struggle.
This way, we can ensure you are giving your child support at every stage of their learning and personal growth.
So now that you know my behind-the-scenes Academic Success Path, comment down below and let me know what you think of it!
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See you soon!