How can I support my high school or college student in Oakland, CA this year?

Many parents are struggling with the question, “How can I support my high school or college student in Oakland, CA this year?” Academic Coaching Specialists can assist with the many challenges students are facing this year. From tutoring to coaching and mentoring, we can provide your teenager with the right support and tools to get better grades and more confidence!


Our college academic coaching program focuses on supporting students through organization, time management, goal setting and accountability.


Has your student found themselves on academic probation or falling behind in their college coursework?  Our expert educators can help! 


Our high school academic coaches teach students how to organize, prioritize and utilize effective study, note and test taking strategies.


If your high school student is stressed with their demanding course load or needs help getting back on top of a challenging subject, give us a call.

Academic coaching provides one-on-one support to work weekly on executive function skills such as:

1. Time management

We provide a custom academic planner system that will help them visualize time and begin to think and plan proactively. This is an essential tool that the coach will be using interactively with your student. They will provide accountability and follow up on its usage. No more forgetting about or missing a deadline.

2. Organization

Some students can look ahead at their day or week and instinctively know what materials and items they will need to gather and have ready. For others, this can seem like an overwhelming task. An academic coach will walk them through the week ahead and assist them in creating a system that works for them to maintain organization of tools and materials for the ever-changing schedules of classes, projects, tests, and activities.

3. Focus

Coaches will assess the length of focus your student can maintain and help them to work within their optimal timeframe. This could be anything from breaking readings into very small parts, to teaching them techniques to block out distractions, to bringing awareness to what time of day they are at their best.

4. Study Skills

Students develop their own ways of learning and memorizing material over the course of their early education. For some, they never move beyond that. However, as students move on in their education, the ways in which they learn and commit information to memory should evolve. The goal is no longer simply to memorize and recall by strict recognition, but to deeply understand material and be able to apply and adapt it to multiple situations. Academic coaching can strengthen their study skills and introduce new ways of learning information that create lasting effects.

5. Goal Setting

This comes in the form of a detailed plan packed with encouragement and motivation. Coaches will talk about the student’s goals, help them create actionable steps, a realistic timeline, and then follow up on each step, seeing them through each goal’s completion. The process is repeated many times and becomes second nature. The idea is that once the student understands how to set and work toward a goal, experiencing set-back or attainment, they are able to go on and set their own, larger goals in the same manner. This teaches many skills such as planning, resiliency, problem-solving and reinforcement.



What Our Students Say



” The program has geared me up for success not only in the classroom but also in life. Having a dedicated plan day in and day out has helped me achieve so much. With the help and guidance from ACS, I was able to graduate college (which I never thought could happen) and have helped me land my dream job right out of college! Thank you ACS!! “


Joe D.

” I was able to improve my test scores, improve my overall grades and even make dean’s list. I also gained a new mentor, coach, and friend. I am using the skills I learned through ACS daily in my career such as planning, focusing, and prioritizing my tasks each day. “


Carolina B.

” I struggle with time management and I have learned that I need accountability to finish and reach my goals. Having someone who cares about my success, offering tools and strategies to get there, has been crucial for my professional and personal development. I am so grateful for this support from ACS in this journey. “