Hey there students and parents, Stressed about school? Curious about getting help from an academic life coach? Want one trained in the Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying™ tools? You're in the right place! Check out the following amazing educators, whom I am proud to refer! These fine folks are licensed as Anti-Boring Approach™ Coaches and dedicated to using the the Anti-Boring Approach™ tools in their academic coaching practice (scroll down for their profiles). I am proud to share these talented, unique and, well... anti-boring! ... coaches with the world. You will be in good hands. Warmly, Gretchen
I work with frustrated, unhappy, and unsure students who are losing faith in themselves. I help them get balanced and unstuck, so they can be brightly confident about their academic and personal lives. Through coaching, students establish concrete action steps and build their awareness of learning and emotional resources/tools. I am passionate about students developing better skills to help them study, learn, and grow brightly. School is more than academics so when students work with me, I get them through the peaks and valleys. I support them through the 6 top areas of school life: personal challenges, finding and building resources, mental stumbling blocks, study and learning strategies, motivation, and future growth by helping them with systems and structures that motivate them to reach their goals.
I help students and families who are stressed, overwhelmed and don’t know where to turn next. I am a California credential teacher with 20 years experience who helps students with time management, organization and study skills using the Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying. Students learn how to get back on track, gain the academic confidence they need to succeed and learn the tools to study smarter, not longer. My unique perspective as a former classroom teacher and the parent of a college daughter and high school son, allow me to sympathize and find solutions for families and students to greater achieve balance in their lives. When I’m not coaching I enjoy hiking, playing golf (my son beats me every time) and singing loudly in the car, much to my kids chagrin!
help students achieve their academic goals with less stress. Study and organizational skills are not part of most standard curriculums. As a result, most students experience more pressure and stress in school than is necessary. Even the brightest, most motivated students can sometimes get stuck and will benefit from learning new strategies. I love teaching organization and study skills because they grow with the student. I am the creator of the DIY Homework app, designed to help students and parents coordinate after-school tasks. I have coached students through writing their dissertations and statistical analysis. I love helping students become creative, organized, and independent adults. I have four daughters, three golden retrievers, and thankfully five Roombas. I love to swim, but in the winter I get my workout shoveling snow.
I help students get good grades while spending as little time as possible. More importantly, to ensure students sustain their success and carry it through their entire school career and life, I work with them on essential life skills such as managing stress, building resilience, harnessing self-motivation, managing negative thoughts, and communicating.
I enjoy working with overwhelmed students, including the gifted & talented or students with unique learning challenges. Because of my own experiences moving between different cultures and school systems around the world, I can also focus on helping students transition from countries, schools, curriculum.
I know how painful it can be to feel like a failure at school and want to quit. I struggled with motivation and procrastination for most of my school life.
It is my mission, to make sure no student ever feels like school doesn’t get them. I work with students in grades 6th and higher, who struggle with academic confidence and motivation. I help you survive school with less stress by helping you create concrete goals, tackle procrastination and learn creative study skills. As I always say, “If you don’t fit the system, you make your own!”
School stress sucks! I know, I remember feeling overwhelmed so much as a student and it doesn't have to be that way! I'd love to help you find the confidence, empowerment and ease you deserve while building academic success and lasting new habits. I draw from decades of mindfulness & yoga training, academic coaching and psychotherapy training and an obsession with self-improvement to design academic coaching programs that serve the whole person.
I have a particular interest in working with students with anxiety and the majority of my students have ADHD or executive function deficits. Students choose to work with me because I encourage and challenge them without an ounce of judgment or criticism, I'm playful, and I draw out their gifts and strengths in the face of discouraging academic challenges.
In my program we think beyond this school year, growing both mindsets and tools that will serve students as they become independent, thriving adults.
A classroom teacher for over ten years, Sarah Weidman is now an academic life coach certified in the Anti-Boring Approach who works with stressed out teens who are overwhelmed by school pressure to help them get their work done without the stress.
Sarah combines the structure of the anti-boring approach, tools for mindfulness and yoga, as well as the student's interests and strengths to overcome the challenges that they have in school whether it is breaking down a project and figuring out the first step or learning how to structure a paper. She serves students from late elementary through university, those with learning differences and those who are simply overwhelmed. When not working with students, Sarah might be training for the next triathlon or meditating in the garden.
I help adolescents and young adults acquire the skills they need to be active, capable, and dependable, both in college and in the ‘real world’ that comes afterward. As a college teacher and academic life coach, I have helped dozens of students develop their skills in writing, research, time management, study skills, professional communication, and many other trouble spots. I have taught at the university level for nine years and am also a singer, writer, cartoonist, performer at the Renaissance Faire, and an aspiring slam poet. I love going to Disneyland.