VIRTUAL COLLEGE TRANSITION COACHING
New Frontiers in Learning’s Individualized College Transition Plan is a unique program for students that have been accepted to, and are getting ready to attend college. Students will work one-on-one with their coach to gain a better understanding of the differences between high school and college, as well as identify the resources available on the campus they will be attending. Students will develop strategies and systems to access resources on their respective campus while focusing on five critical skill areas:
It is important for students transitioning to college to have key foundational knowledge and skills to be able to comprehend text, write fluently, and perform basic math functions. Students develop such skills in collaboration with their individual coaches and use the backdrop of their academic responsibilities to develop these skills.
Executive Functioning Skills
Executive functioning skills are a set of processes that manage, control, and regulate one’s other cognitive processes, and include such skills as inhibition, planning, organization, and working memory. Students use their own assignments and responsibilities to build competence for survival in today’s world. Executive functioning instruction focuses on skills such as organization, planning, prioritizing, self-monitoring, goal setting, and time management.
Self-advocacy is the ability to represent oneself, one’s views, and interests. Students develop their ability to seek out appropriate supports and resources on campus when necessary, while receiving advocacy support from their coaches. Self-advocacy coaching is an integral part of the college transition.
Social communication is a set of verbal and nonverbal skills that one utilizes in order to navigate relationships in work, life, and academia. Social communication skills are integral in students getting involved on campus, as well as developing relationships with fellow classmates and professors.
Residential Life & Independent Living
For most of our students, going away to college will be their first time living alone or with roommates. We customize our approach to each student to ensure a smooth college transition. Whether they need help learning the basics of cooking and cleaning, or how to get along with roommates, NFIL will help them succeed.
In addition to these skills, college transition topics include:
How to break down college syllabi.
Scheduling, time management, and organization of aspects of college such as classes, free time, studying, etc.
How to get involved in campus clubs and activities.
Living with a roommate.
Self-advocacy at intake meetings.
Self-monitoring, help-seeking, and the identification of support available on campus.
How does it work?
Virtual coaching allows for a coach and client to interact electronically, via platforms such as Skype, GoTo Meeting, or Google Hangouts. The individuals set a coaching schedule on a consistent and regular basis, that can be supplemented with additional sessions as needed to encourage follow through and accountability. The sessions can range from daily check-ins, to longer sessions weekly or several times per week, depending on each individual’s unique needs and goals.
Virtual coaching can be a great alternative to in-person coaching when individuals live in an area outside of our geographical reach, are unable to travel to an in-person session, or are more comfortable with receiving coaching in one’s own environment. Virtual coaching sessions allow for supports that are easily accessible, flexible in scheduling, not limited by travel time, and more available on an as-needed basis.
Those that might not be able to travel independently, that need flexibility, that want extra daily support, and those who are geographically not able to have in person sessions.