Academic skills coaching or private tutoring?

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If you have been looking for support with your studies you may have come across the terms academic skills coaching and private tutoring and wondered if there is a difference. The difference – although not ‘official’ and sometimes subtle – is based on the differing aims of coaching and tutoring.

Academic skills coaching helps students to develop skills that underpin their subject-specific studies and to become independent learners – something that is important at university, whilst private tutoring tends to be subject-specific, possibly with a focus on exam performance or achieving a particular grade.

However, there is the possibility of crossover – some coaches may tutor, some tutors may coach and some may do both! Speaking to a potential coach or tutor is the first step. Most coaches and tutors will be happy to discuss what you need and if they can help, and many will offer the first session free or at a reduced cost.

As an academic skills coach, I can help you develop those underpinning skills that you need to succeed with your subject-specific studies. Get in touch to discuss how I can help you.


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