LIVINGSTON, NJ - The newest program at Estelle Finkel Center for Learning gives teens the tools to thrive in high school, college, and beyond.

The center, located at 125 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Livingston, offers the Academic Life Coaching Program, which consists of 32 concepts delivered in 10 individual sessions that have been tested and refined over the past seven years to achieve real results.

The Academic Life Coaching Program is designed to address:
• Stress about grades
• Disorganization and lack of motivation
• Frustration in relationships (whether between parent/teen, teacher/student, or among peers)
• Anxiety about the college application

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The first three sessions of the program focus on helping students become more academically confident and effective. Students will discover their own personal learning style and work through exercises to help them understand how they can be successful in school.

The next three sessions focus on core life coaching skills and concepts. During the middle part of the program, students will learn how to take sustainable steps toward goals, identify and change perspectives, and align their values with their actions.

The final four sessions focus on communication and leadership skills. Students will develop personal mission statements and design personal leadership projects that align their personal values.

Students in the program:
• Achieve ambitious academic and athletic goals
• Reduce stress
• Create an individualized plan for applying to college
• Improve relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
• Learn skills that lead to effective, fulfilled lives

According to Estelle Finkel Center for Learning, students thrive when working one-on-one with a trained Academic Life Coach because the coach is able to tailor the concepts of the program to the student and the immediate circumstances the student is facing. As a result, students see immediate improvements as well as learn valuable concepts to apply later in their lives. Students not only learn the concepts, but also have to act on them as they incorporate what they’ve learned into their daily habits and lives.

The Academic Life Coaching Program is also proven to be successful. Created in 2004, the program has seen hundreds of students who have offered their experience and feedback to refine and improve the program. The program has not changed much since 2008, but each summer, a few new concepts are added and others modified.

At the same time students are learning new skills, they also have the opportunity to work through old and unproductive habits. So often students are stressed out over grades and their performance, yet do not know their unique learning, thinking or memory style.

According to Estelle Finkel Center for Learning, students often relate grades to their self-worth, but grades are merely a reflection of the system a student is using to study. When the system is changed, grades begin to change, a student’s self-esteem goes up and stress level goes down as a result.

The Academic Life Coaching Program is designed to work with the whole family system. Students are encouraged to take ownership of the program and need to choose to do this kind of work for themselves. The center strives to keep everyone on the same page via email and reports on the concepts covered in the program, with information on how families can best support their children.

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