“Coached” Homework Center
Coached Homework Center
Our Coached Homework Center provides students the opportunity to “learn by doing.”
Like any skill, study skills need to be mastered through practice.
The Homework Center is an encouraging, coach-supported environment for students to build successful, life-long habits for planning, managing and completing their work.
Our ”Coached” Homework Center provides students the opportunity to “learn by doing.” Like any skill, study skills need to be mastered through practice. The Homework Center is an encouraging, coach-supported environment for students to build successful, life-long habits for planning, managing and completing their work.
For any 6th through 12th grader who wants to get their homework done while developing improved study strategies. In the Homework Center, over time, students learn to embrace a process that allows them to be more efficient, and independent in planning, starting and completing work. Students are supported with coaches for both subject-specific and study skills support.
For students who have completed our ESSENTIAL STUDY SKILLS course, the Homework Center is an essential next step where they put the skills they have learned into practice. For those who have yet to take the course, the skills are introduced through their participation in the planning and coaching process.
How it Works:
The homework center offers evening and weekend sessions. Students can come to any session that has open space, but they must pre-register prior to coming to the session. Upon entering the Homework Center, your student will be greeted by a coach who will collaboratively assist them in creating their WORK PLAN.
By ‘making their plan’ and ’working their plan’, students practice the skills they need to become confident, independent learners:
- Planning: Students look at past present and future work in their planning.
- Prioritizing: Work is broken into “chunks” and prioritized for greatest efficiency.
- Getting Started: Students are naturally motivated and supported, removing impediments to starting work.
- Taking Breaks: Breaks are “built in” to the plan as science shows that taking breaks is key for productivity.
- Managing Time: Once work is completed, students compare ’actual time’ to ‘initial estimates’ in order to self-assess their time-management and estimation skills.
- Self-Advocating: Students learn to ask for help from Homework Center coaches as well as teachers when material is unclear.
The act of creating and then completing a WORK PLAN reinforces strong study habits, helps students’ confidence that they can complete their work, and reduces the overall stress of school. After each session, the completed plan, with coach comments, is shared with parents via email, providing visibility to the status of all work for that student.
Our Homework Center Coaches are subject-matter experts in Humanities, Science, and Math, and are always available to help ensure students never get “stuck.” Because we build a personal relationship with every child, we learn their strengths and weaknesses and can support them, while simultaneously encouraging them, to employ new skills to meet their nightly and long-term objectives.
Why it works:
The Homework Center works because it is a neutral place with positive peer-influence and supportive and skilled coaches. We allow students to benefit from developing a homework rhythm with no distractions. It is a place where “homework gets done” so good habits get built and home can remain a place of refuge.
Homework Center Hours:
School Year Hours:
Monday – Thursday 3:30pm to 9pm.
Sundays 10am to 4pm.
The Homework Center is available on a weekly basis or drop-in.