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Academic Life Coaching


I love working with students as a certified Academic Life Coach. In addition to having my own children, who are now 24 and 26, I have worked with students in a variety of ways: through directing summer camps that focus on leadership and adventure; supervising the Interact Club of 35-50 students at Ashland High School; counseling foreign exchange students and their host families; and, of course, coaching. I heard about Academic Life Coaching through the International Coach Foundation. John Andrew Williams, who created ALC used to teach Latin at St. Mary's School in Medford, Oregon. I appreciate the focus, flexible structure and freedom the ALC program offers.

The Academic Life Coaching Program is designed to address:

  • Stress about grades
  • Disorganization and Lack of Motivation
  • Frustration in Relationships (whether between parent/teen, teacher/student, or among peers)
  • Anxiety about the College Application
The Academic Life Coaching Program consists of 32 concepts delivered in ten individual sessions that have been tested and refined to achieve real results. The first three sessions of the program focus on helping students become more academically confident and effective. The next three sessions focus on core Life Coaching skills and concepts. The final four sessions focus on communication, leadership, and the college application.

Students in the program:

  • Achieve ambitious academic and athletic goals
  • Reduce stress
  • Create an individualized plan for applying to college
  • Improve relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Learn skills that lead to effective, fulfilled lives




"Renée asked great questions that really made me think about my life and the place I was and am in now. Her coaching style is very interactive and we did lots of exercises and activities. Knowing my core motivation (Type 7) helps me understand that sometimes I need to slow down and breathe. Renée helped me see that and gave me ideas on how to take these moments. I’m still worried about what my future path might be but I’m no longer afraid of the unknown. I am grateful to Renée for showing me I have the skills I need to live my life!"
~Sarah, age 20



Why the ALC Program Works


Students thrive when working one-on-one with a trained Academic Life Coach, because I am able to tailor the concepts of the program to the student and the immediate circumstances the student is facing. As a result, students see immediate improvements as well as learn valuable concepts to apply later in their lives. Students incorporate what they’ve learned into their daily habits and lives.

The Academic Life Coaching Program is also proven to be successful. Created in 2004, hundreds of students have gone through the program and have offered their experience and feedback to refine and improve the program.

At the same time students are learning new skills, they also have the opportunity to work through old and unproductive habits. So often students are stressed out over grades and their performance, yet don’t know their unique learning, thinking, or memory style. Students often relate grades to their self-worth, but grades are merely a reflection of the system a student is using to study. Change the system, change the grades. As a result, a student’s self-esteem goes up and stress level goes down.

The Academic Life Coaching Program is designed to work with the whole family system. Students are encouraged to take ownership of the program and need to choose to do this kind of work for themselves. We strive to keep everyone on the same page via email and reports on the concepts covered in the program, with information on how best to support your student.



How the ALC Program Works


  • 10 sessions scheduled over 3-4 months (shorter time frame for Seniors engaged in college applications)
  • Sessions can be either in-person, over the phone, or via Skype or G-chat
  • If in-person, we can meet in my office in Ashland or at a coffee shop in Ashland, Medford, Talent or Phoenix
  • Each session lasts 45 to 60 minutes
  • We’ll cover the Academic Life Coaching Program Curriculum
  • After each session, I’ll follow up with a short email to parents describing what we covered in our session




Next steps


The next step is to set up an appointment to see if coaching is a good fit for you. I offer free one-hour consultations for students and their families to come and see my beautiful office, half-way out towards Emigrant Lake near Ashland. You’ll gain value and have an opportunity to experience some of the concepts from the program. It’s a great way for students to gain first-hard knowledge of what Academic Life Coaching is about. Call 541-864-9932 or use the contact form on my website. I look forward to talking with you.

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