Welcome to the Anti-Boring Courses!

Courses For Everyone

Study Cycle 101

What should every student know about how to study? And every parent & educator know about how to inspire students to study? This free 3+ video course teaches you the most important brain science you need in order to learn anything (or teach anything) … guaranteed. Grades go up. Homework headaches go down. Confidence sky rockets. Ready to hear your students comment, “Why didn’t anyone teach this to  me sooner?” Check it out.


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    The Zoomed Out?! Webinar

    Does your school or job require you to be on tons of video calls? Are you exhausted and overwhelmed? In this webinar, learn how to be less drained and more energized while teaching, learning and working online. Designed for educators, and also useful for students and everyone who attends online meetings.

    “Your gifts, authenticity and joy ooze from your soul! So many great ideas to add to my repertoire. It was also validating to learn that my low tech, hands on, use of manipulatives, and playful ways have advantages over a more high tech approach.” ~ Karen, Educator


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      Courses for Students & Parents

      The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying

      Want to feel smarter and less stressed? Wish your grades were higher too? Want to feel successful at school, but realizing no-one ever taught you how? Until now! Learn all the tools you need to be a successful student, from time management and organization to note-taking and study techniques. Ideal for 5th grade through college.

      “Turning the ‘Science of Learning’ into practical and useful study advice is not easy – but Gretchen has done it incredibly well, incredibly effectively, and in an incredibly engaging manner.” ~ Jared Cooney Horvath, Cognitive Neuroscientist

      Courses for Educators

      The Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically

      Wanting more tools to help students become self-sufficient, motivated, competent learners? Looking for evidence-based strategies that motivate students to study effectively and manage their time efficiently? Equip yourself with the Anti-Boring™ toolbox! Get PD hours and/or graduate school credit. Ideal for teachers, tutors, academic coaches, and all educators in between.

      “Your course was beyond learning styles, beyond the surface level stuff we do in the classroom. Teaching young people how to actually study and to learn, and engage on their own, is something we teachers don’t always do. We should, but we don’t.” ~ Alison Grant, Teacher & Academic Coach

      Teaching & Coaching from a Distance

      I’ve been a virtual academic coach and online teacher trainer for almost 10 years now. Students are constantly surprised that “it’s over already?!” 

      In this video-based mini-course, I lay it all at your feet. Everything I’ve figured out about creating engaging and creative learning experiences via video call. Without sacrificing my own energy and zest for my students. 

      “I was very impressed with the brain breaks and fun activities in this part of the course. I am definitely going to use them in my teaching!” ~ Helen, Teacher & Course Participant

      The Habits & Grades Tracker

      Habit tracking is a powerful method of building new habits and making them stick. In my academic coaching practice, I have developed a unique approach to making habits visible that all my Anti-Boring Licensed coaches swear by.

      In this mini-course, I teach you my process for using simple technology — a Google Spreadsheet — to track a students’ habits, grades, and progress during our academic coaching process. Designed specifically for academic coaches, this mini-course is also relevant to teachers who coach (like advisory teachers) as well as homeschooling parents. Includes templates you can copy and put into action. 

      “You’ve really created a concrete approach to helping students and you keep information in a single and accessible place. […] It really is a great accountability value add for us as coaches, especially since students miss details and parents don’t want to nag.”

      Courses for Biz-Building

      Should I Launch My Biz As An Academic Coach?

      Curious about starting or growing your own biz as an academic life coach? Here’s a totally transparent discussion about what to consider as you test the waters of starting your own biz. In 10 emails over 10 days, you’ll learn how I run my biz, what to consider as you think about starting yours, and some stories from other brave souls who started their businesses.

      “Gretchen is beyond generous with her free resources. I’m so grateful!” ~ Tami, who eventually joined the full Launch Your Biz program 

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        Launch Your Biz

        Training for Academic Coaches & New Biz Owners

        Starting or growing your academic life coaching biz? Feeling overwhelmed and not quite sure where to start? Learn best practices and get simple, step-by-step instructions for how to attract clients, create sustainable marketing habits, and deliver solid and effective coaching to students. Ideal for new coaches building from the ground up, and experienced academic coaches curious about tweaking their biz practices. 

        “Your self-study marketing course was beyond fantastic and has really helped me.  When I compare my knowledge to my classmates [in another coach training I’m in], and even other coaches I’ve met, I am so far ahead it’s crazy!” ~ Joy Gandell, Executive Function Life Coach