A learning coach supports, mentors, trains and provides guidance both to individual students and groups. The learning coach is responsible for taking students through a program with the key aim of helping the student understand the program and pass any tests or exams that may be administered. The coach identifies the student's weaknesses and focuses on improving them to eventually boost performance.
A learning coach has to be a qualified teacher and must have a bachelor's degree as a minimum qualification. Experience in teaching and working with students is an added advantage.
Duties and Responsibilities
A learning coach builds a positive learning and working relationship among students. He guides and supports students to help them achieve their educational goals and objectives. The coach equips the students with learning skills that help them study more effectively. He drafts study plans for teaching his students. He conducts regular performance review sessions with students, and he evaluates and monitors students' academic progress and performance.
Technical and Desired Skills
A learning coach must have excellent oral and written communication skills. She must be a good motivator and pay keen attention to detail to identify students' weaknesses. A learning coach should have good interpersonal skills and be results oriented and her track record should demonstrate this by showing that she was able to improve the performance standards of previous students. The coach may have several students in different schools, so she needs to have good organizational skills.
A learning coach mostly works in the evenings and also during weekends. A learning a coach may provide individual coaching or coach students in a group. Learning coaches typically work on a part-time basis
Job opportunities for coaches are projected to increase by 23 percent from 2008 to 2018, according to the 2010/2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics handbook. This will be spurred by the increase in the number of parents who want their children to perform better academically.
According to Indeed, a learning coach earns an average salary of $10,000 per year as of July 27, 2010. This amount depends on such factors as the company she is working for, her level of training and experience, the industry she is in and also the allowances and benefits.