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We recommend watching a few modules to further enhance your knowledge in regards to coaching. You can find them all here. The modules are:

a.       Foundations for Skill Building

b.       The Art of Asking Questions

c.       Adaptability and Making Meaning

d.       Primary and Secondary Goals

e.       Developing Age Appropriate Executive Function Skills

f.        Executive Functions in Different Contexts at New Frontiers

After reviewing the modules, please provide a short answer to the three tasks:

Task 1: The Art of Asking Questions   

Rather than assuming that an individual would understand content or a behavior, you can ask appropriate questions to see if the individuals know WHY they are doing something. This can be for both strategies towards life problems or content difficulties. 

  • How does an individual think they should solve a problem?   

    • Removes Assumptions – they may have a better answer than you!  

    • Insight into logic of individual   

  • Why are they approaching a problem the way they are approaching it?  

    • How effective is their inner thought process?  

  • Cognitive Modeling  

    • Asking questions can help teach by guiding the individual through a thought process. Vocalizing the abstract and internal thought process 

    • **Internalizing a thought process that we do automatically but our clients need to learn explicitly**  

Consider this example: A student is attempting a take home exam. The student gets to a question and declares “I don’t understand this, explain it to me.”  

What do you do?  

How do you determine what it is they are struggling with? 

How do you guide them towards identifying what they do know?  

Task 2: Goal Setting 

The basis of our practice is creating tangible plans for our clients to meet their goals. Many times, individuals come to us knowing the areas they wish to improve but struggle to identify the steps to get where they want to be.  

Consider the following profile: 

S​tudent E is 20 years old and entering his third year of college. He is living off campus with 5 friends. The shared house is disorganized and Student E’s bedroom is equally a mess with items strewn about. His desk is cluttered with books and various things that could be best placed in a trash can. Student E is a full time student but he spends most of his time with his 5 housemates. They play lots of video games and host parties each weekend. Student E is frequently late to class but always turns assignments in on time. He meets deadlines but only because he stays up late to finish assignments, usually staying up all night to get work done. He passes all of his classes with C’s but knows he could do better. When asked about his system he says to “trust the process” and while he knows he works in ways that are “less than ideal, everything always works out”. He takes pride in his process as he claims it allows him to get his work done but still spend time with friends. He is planning on doing an internship next semester and thinks now is the chance to make some changes before he has to adjust to a new schedule and added responsibilities.

Student E’s Goals - areas of improvement:  Based upon the profile, please identify and list 3 goals that you believe Student E needs to address and then create a road map for one of the identified goals listed.

Task 3: Communication  

Consider the following scenario:


You are working with a client who has been struggling with his math course. You have your scheduled session on Monday to review material as your client has a test on Wednesday. At the end of the session, there is still much he does not have mastery of and expresses he feels unprepared for the exam. Your next session is not scheduled until Thursday. 

What do you do to help him prepare for the exam in the coming days?


What does your communication look like?


How will you know that he is set up for success?  

*based on the information shared in the power point please develop a plan of communication that will assure the student is set up for optimal success.  Be as specific as possible.