At Maryland Teacher Tutors, we are often asked about the difference between two of the services we offer tutoring and academic (or executive-function) coaching. Parents want to make informed decisions about the needs of their child and we want to make sure they walk away feeling clear on their choices.
Tutoring vs. Academic Coaching
One of the easiest ways to delineate the differences between tutoring and academic coaching is to consider tutoring as subject, or content-based, while coaching’s reach extends beyond the subject and the classroom.
- Tutoring is great for a student who is struggling with how to set up basic math equations in Algebra class.
- Academic Coaching is great for a student who struggles to understand basic math equations, read rubrics, stay organized, manage time, and/or has little confidence… in all classes.
Choosing the best option for your child
Tutoring is usually specific to a subject. If your child struggles in 1-2 subjects, then a tutor is most likely needed. However, if your child is struggling across several subjects and displays a need for organizational help, increased confidence, and an understanding of who they are as a student, then a coach is best suited. As you consider whether or not your child needs a tutor or a coach, we’d be happy to steer you in the right direction.
Academic executive functioning coaching with MTT
Our academic and executive function coaches are highly sought after by parents looking to get support for their students around scheduling, structuring assignments, self-awareness, and organization. Coaches begin by with a learning style assessment to allow students to see their strengths and areas of need clearly. Once a learning plan is established, coaches ensure students are supported as they apply the plan.