Leahy Learning College Coaching Program

Students and parents asked for it! Over the last five years, I have met with students and parents who have told me:

“If I knew I had to check in with you, I would have gone to class.”

“Meghan, if she could have called you for help, she would have gotten her assignments in on time.”

“If I had just been able to call you and break the work down into smaller chunks over the semester, I would have done better.”

So…with advances in technology and a summer of planning, I have developed the Leahy Learning College Coaching Program. For many students an hour phone session was too much, but they still needed some support while in college. After much research and discussion with students, parents and other professionals, I believe I have developed a workable program that will help all of our college students find success.

The deal:

  • Two (2) twenty (20) minute sessions per week. These sessions are to be utilized for planning, discussion of study strategies and a general check in regarding progress. They may be either phone or video sessions, per the student’s request.
  • Unlimited* access to Meghan via email and text messages.
  • Monthly parental updates on progress.

* Within reason, of course. If you text me at 4am about a paper due for your 8.30am class, there is not much I can do, except tell you to say your prayers.

As always, regular phone/video tutoring sessions are still available to students who need additional help with writing, editing, organization or counseling.

Please contact Meghan for more details or if you have any questions.
484.222.0272 or leahylearning@gmail.com

Change of Address

Leahy Learning officially has a new home. (9 East Athens Avenue, Suite 9A Ardmore, PA 19003) After a summer of preparations, we are looking forward to the school year. Thanks everyone for all of your support! Here’s a sneak peak at the new spot. If you are in the area, be sure to pop over and say hello!

Technology Makes Notetaking Easier

Many students at Leahy Learning have trouble with note-taking. But it’s not just a struggle for kids, many adults I work with find it difficult to stay focused, take comprehensive notes and contribute effectively to a meeting, class or presentation. This smartpen is one of the best tools I have seen in a long time. And our students are actually using it and getting excited about it. The Livescribe SmartPen is using technology for good and making a difference. Check it out.

ADHD: What Works For Whom

On Saturday, October 3, 2009 I have been invited to be a part of the “Ask The Expert” Panel, at the Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Conference: What Works for Whom. Sponsored by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the conference will begin at 8 am on October 3, 2009 in the Stokes Rotunda, on the 1st floor of the main hospital.

This full-day conference convenes health, mental health and educational professionals, as well as adults with ADHD and parents, to discuss strategies for addressing the challenges of ADHD across systems. The inverventions discussed will include medication, behavioral, educational and alternative approaches. Workshops specifically targeted for the professional community, adults with ADHD, and parents of children with ADHD will be provided. Invited experts and faculty from the Center for Management of ADHD at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program will provide presentations and facilitate discussions among participants.

For more information and registration materials, please call  215-590-5263 or go to http://www.chop.edu/cme

College Essay Self-Eval Helper Questions

Write a self-evaluation answering the following questions. There is a method to the madness of the assignment. I am not giving it to you simply because I am dying to know more about your life. Colleges, however, do want to know and will make you write essays and meet people who will want to know about you. This exercise will prepare you for both situations.

At this stage, no one cares about poor spelling or bad grammar, it is your ideas and experiences that count. So write it down, write it all down and keep writing until you have covered everything. Don’t worry about whether it is in the right order or even if it contains complete sentences. Just write it down. Go. Now.

1.      Tell me about yourself. Start with the basics. Give me your biographical information. Age, sex, ethnicity, family background, ten fingers/toes kind of stuff. Be sure to include any unusual aspects of your upbringing. Did you live with orangutans in Africa until the age of eight while your mom photographed them for National Geographic? Ok, maybe not, but perhaps there was a move or a family event that shaped your life.

2.      Write about your educational experience. Where did you go to school? How long did you attend each school? How did that school/schools meet your needs? What would you have done differently? What courses or teachers had an effect on you, either positive or negative?

3.      Detail your academic strengths and weakness. What are you looking forward to studying in college? What are your possible career goals someday? Do you want a research scientist at an ivy league institution? Do you want to be America’s next top model? What do you want to do and as of right now, how do you think you will get there? If you don’t have a clue, write that too, but tell me what you are thinking.

4.      Use your words to describe yourself, the “real you” outside of school. What are your hobbies, interests, summer experiences, passions, midnight reading (or youtube watching/internet surfing), favorite foods, etc. Don’t just make me a list. Describe what it is that you enjoy about those things and what makes you do/like them.

5.      What have been some pivotal experiences in your life which have changed you or shaped you. (Neither the demise of the Harry Potter series nor the first time you had your hair highlighted are acceptable experiences to write about. Unless of course, you are REALLY REALLY funny. Chances are, you are not old enough to be that funny yet. If you are, I will let you know. Until then, go look up the meaning of the word PIVOTAL.) This question may be a more detailed account of something that you listed in question #1, or some other experiences that you have thought of as you have been writing.

6.      What are your values? Can you describe yourself in 50 words or less? What do you think about the world outside your backyard? In ten years will you be able to say that you have changed that world, or your backyard? Do you have a plan for either (if you don’t, that is OK, then write about that).

7.      Think about life beyond high school, even beyond college. What would you like to do? How would you like to change and grow in order to get there? What do you need, from a college, or a community, or your family, or friends to get there?

Hint: You can’t answer these questions in five minutes.


…to the leahylearning blog. As an online offshoot of leahylearning, it is a forum for Meghan to post important and timely information that clients, students and parents may need, or at least find interesting. It is also a place for all of you to share ideas, resources and feedback. So have a look around and let us know what you think! As always, if you have any problems or questions, please ask.

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