WHAT IS

ACADEMIC COACHING?

IT'S WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM

Student, Parent and Academic Coach working in partnership.  

The team examines learning styles, work habits,  

and current challenges or obstacles to success.

Executive function is strengthened, and the student

is empowered to improve academic performance.  

ACADEMIC COACHING IS...

Caitlin Marie Hoffman
Founder & CEO

Caitlin has extensive experience working with parents, teenagers, and schools as a Silicon Valley educator, academic coach, academic intervention specialist, and screen addiction specialist. 

 

Raised in both the United States and France, she is bilingual in French and English. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from San Jose State University.  

 

Caitlin has over twenty years of experience teaching in public schools and over twelve years of experience as an academic coach in private practice. She is the Founder of All Minds Matter, Academic Coaching Works, Parent Coaching Works, and Digital Detox Works. The Academic Coaching Works Center, located in Downtown Campbell, has a team of coaches that work with middle school, high school, college students, and their parents.

 

Caitlin excels at advocating for adolescents, and helping parents navigate the complexities of the education system. She specializes in collaborating with students who are gifted and talented (GATE) or who have ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, or learning challenges.  Through academic coaching, she creates new pathways for teens and parents.  View Resume.

Caroline Sienknecht
Academic Coach &
Director of the Campbell Center

Caroline has experience collaborating with families and schools to work for the success of all students as a passionate educator, an academic interventionist and parent coach.

As a Silicon Valley native, Caroline has a unique perspective of the Bay Area education system. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development from the University of California, Davis and attended San Jose State University for her teaching credential. She is a trainer for Effective Classroom Management and Thinking Maps. She has also received training and certification in Orton-Gillingham Reading System and Effective Classroom Management Solutions.  

Caroline is excited to join the Academic Coaching Works team as an Academic Coach and Learning Specialist. As a parent of three teens and over 20 years of teaching experience, she effectively works with students with Autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and learning challenges. She partners  with parents to help them ensure the best educational experience for their teen. View Resume.

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COMING SOON: OUR TEAM OF
ACADEMIC COACHES & INSTRUCTORS

Parent Academic Coaching

IN WORK SESSIONS, THE ACADEMIC COACH AND PARENT:

  • Complete an initial in-depth assessment and intake interview  

  • Understand teen through parent's viewpoint

  • Talk about student's strengths, interests, life outside of school

  • Identify teen’s academic strengths and areas for growth

  • Discuss grades, transcript, psycho-educational evaluation

  • Discover what is interfering with academic performance

  • Review teen's use of technology, texting, social media

  • Discuss parent's educational philosophy and goals

  • Strategize to strengthen teen's executive function

 

  • Assess home working environment and routines

  • Brainstorm ways to balance teen’s academic, social, and extra-curricular life

  • Plan meetings with teachers and counselors/phone calls/email

  • Prepare for an SST, IEP, or 504 meeting

  • Interpret information from a parent/school meeting

  • Discuss various student accommodations and intervention options

  • Access other instructional options: online courses, summer courses, SAT/ACT prep, college application process 

       and MORE depending on you and your teen's needs.

Academic Coaching Works! 

  • Reclaim time spent monitoring homework 

  • Strengthen teen/parent relationship

  • Reduce 'homework-grade tension' in the home

  • Value a partnership with an expert coach/experienced educator

  • Have solutions to ensure your teen's success

  • Regain peace of mind

SCHEDULE AN INITIAL CONSULTATION TODAY

Academic coaching is designed to

enhance well being and

academic performance. 

IS YOUR TEEN...

  • refusing your support?

  • experiencing homework meltdowns?

  • missing important assignments?

  • having trouble focusing?

  • addicted to screens?

  • identified as ADD/ADHD?

  • sleep deprived? 

  • not communicating with teachers?

  • failing tests and quizzes?

  • falling behind in a core subject?

  • being referred to summer school?

  • jeopardizing a good GPA?

  • giving up on college?

  • losing the love for learning?

  • impacting your family dynamics?

  • identified as Gifted and Talented (GATE)?

  • on an IEP or a 504 plan?

 IS YOUR TEEN'S

Academic Performance/Mental Health 

impacted by the pandemic?

IF YOU ANSWERED “YES” TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS

SCHEDULE AN INITIAL CONSULTATION TODAY

Teen Academic Coaching

IN WORK SESSIONS, THE ACADEMIC COACH AND TEEN:

check on-line for assignments

plan and prioritize workload for the week  

study and prepare for tests, quizzes, and presentations

monitor long term projects

edit papers

assess grades 

check for missing assignments

communicate with teachers

review rubrics and class notes 

organize workspace and backpack

ACADEMIC COACHING WORKS!

increases confidence, motivation and resilience

encourages effective study habits and organizational skills

promotes self-advocacy and independent learning

fosters healthy social-emotional development

targets strategic thinking and problem solving

facilitates learning to work effectively with others

inspires the desire for academic success

and more depending on your teen's needs

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Develop Goals

TESTIMONIALS

Caitlin and her team have been a game changer for our son and family dynamics. She connects with her students on a meaningful level, boosts their confidence, and her center instills a sense of calm that’s easy for teens to work in. Our son was literally failing 2 of his core classes when he started at ACW and finished his first semester with all A’s and B’s. Caitlin gets it and knows how to connect with kids and parents alike. We’re so grateful to have her on our side!

-Parent of 9th Grader

We found progress to be almost immediate.  Within weeks, our daughter had changed course on her academic performance, obtained a deeper understanding of class material, developed the ability to plan ahead and stay organized, and best of all, exhibited more confidence in herself.  If you’ve ever felt like you need another person on your team, ACW is a phenomenal resource.  

-Parent of 8th Grader 

Caitlin successfully assists students with time management skills and study skills.   Her services fill a huge need in the community. Parents can feel confident that the student will be offered all the needed tools for school success. 

-Bay Area Psychologist 

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