What is Academic Coaching and Why Your Child May Need It

Academic coaching and tutoring in Dalton, GA is a rather new solution to students who have trouble navigating school because of poor attention or focus, lack of time management or study skills, or just overall disorganization.

If your teenage child has been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, Anxiety or other learning challenges, academic coaching can be the answer to prayers.

Our coaches are one-on-one educators who are assigned to your student. They get to know them and spend time building trust. They assess their learning style and adapt the way material is taught or explained. Coaches provide mentorship and accountability. They will help them “nail this school thing”!

If an academic coach sounds like a good fit for your teen, give us a call today to set up a free consultation!


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.

6 Things to Consider Before You Hire a Tutor in Dalton, GA

Are you looking for some extra support for your teen this school year? Perhaps tutoring is at the top of your list? Well, here are 6 things to consider before you hire a tutor in Dalton, GA:

1. Make sure the tutor does not promise to improve grades overnight. Tutors who boast that they can get your student to “ace their next test” or raise their grade by a letter in a few sessions, is selling snake oil. To really learn material, build study skills and change habits takes time. Academic Coaching Specialists offers tutoring packages that are perfect for long-term improvement.

2. Tutors come in all shapes and sizes. It is important that your student is comfortable and finds the tutor relatable, however, be cautious if they are too close in age, or even peers. This can lead to little getting accomplished and more social interaction during paid sessions. Tutors who are veteran educators understand how to redirect and keep the student focused on the task at hand. They also have the experience to make recommendations or introduce other resources when it is apparent that there may be more serious learning challenges.

3. Make sure expectations are crystal clear. You as the parent need to make sure the arrangements are clearly communicated as in how and when each meeting will take place and how payment will be arranged. The tutor also needs to be very clear with your student about what is expected of them before, during, and after each session. If the student does not have a clear direction of what to study or what problems to practice, it is likely that they will be reinventing the wheel each session because they will have to back track what they did last time, each time. The tutor should also expect full engagement and participation on the part of the student at each session. Anything less is not going to work because the tutor cannot do the work or take the test for them.

4. Feedback is important. Students need feedback on how they are progressing from the tutor. The parent needs feedback on how the student is progressing from both the tutor and the student. And last but not least, the tutor needs feedback from both the student and parent. They should welcome and solicit feedback if they are to continuously improve and help in the best way possible. This is a very important sign to look for when selecting a tutor for your teen.

5. Consistency is key to steady progress. Make it a point to keep your student’s tutoring session at the same day and time each week. This may seem like a small thing, but it honestly has a big impact. Psychologically your student will be less stressed because they know what to expect and when. It helps to develop a mindset that, at the same time each week, they will devote or commit to working on improvement. They may even begin looking forward to it!

6. Lastly, make sure it is fun! They may not be excited about getting tutored, but the tutor should be engaging and dynamic. Our tutors are top-notch educators who find all sorts of ways to engage students, even if it is in unconventional or silly ways. They should make learning memorable so that come test time, the student will remember the activity or the conversation, the song or the dance; whatever it was that the tutor used to instill understanding and long-term memories.



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. “