Academic tutoring using mindfulness
Whether your student needs help with passing a test, dealing with bullies, understanding assignments or overcoming anxiety, I can help with coaching for academics, sports and special needs.
Students with special needs
Most students with special needs carry trauma from falling behind their peers in school, form name-calling or from noticing how their way of thinking may be different than others their age. I start with a simple assessment of the students school performance with the parent and student. Next we work together to find new ways to overcome study skills and academic concerns--and try some mindful and visualization practices to increase focus and calm anxiety.
How one boy overcame math phobia
My student Nick and his mom struggled with 5th grade math homework. We started with bringing our attention to our body and breath while listening to the bells. Next, we practiced three mindful breaths with Space Needle and Seahawks breathing.
How homework became a breeze
The next day Nick's mom wrote to me: "Our math homework session started out poorly, but quickly took a positive turn once we remembered what we had learned with you about how to relate differently to the numbers. It was absolutely wonderful; we quickly got through the homework! Finally, we hugged each other afterward, knowing something special had happened. I can't thank you enough."
Conquering test taking anxiety
Students who practice mindfulness show increases in attention, focus, and emotional regulation — which in turn allow them to score 10-20 percent higher on tests. In my teaching over the years, middle and high school students, noticed less anxiety and enjoyed higher scores, when they learned mindful breathing and put it into practice when the stress of a test creates anxiety.
Taking stress out of testing
During testing time, teachers can feel the tension in the room—even when word “test” is spoken. It’s helpful to begin practicing mindful breathing to release anxiety a few weeks before the test. I often guide my students through a pre-test activity to release tension and increase calm and offer the following tips for students I tutor and in school:
Bringing attention to the feet. Fully feeling the ground beneath you can lead to a pleasant, tingling sensation in the feet. This grounding takes the attention out of the mind stabilizes the body. For many, this significantly decreases boredom and increases feelings of pleasantness.
Focused breathing. My students learn ‘soft-belly breathing” that calms the central nervous system. My students practice one big deep together-breath during testing, under conditions that otherwise preclude connection. Students told me that taking a breath together really help them feel connect and focused.