“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.” -Galileo
Invest in Yourself
The world is changing fast; are you?! What are you doing to improve your learning and success skills? Are you doing enough?
As a student, how are you responding to challenges? By pretending there's not a problem? By focusing on improving the wrong things?
Relax -- nobody is born all knowing. What makes learning fun is the process of discovery as you continually expand your knowledge and build your skills. You have the capacity to learn and be successful; all you need is someone to understand you and your situation to help you figure out what you can do to learn better and be successful.
How I Can Help You
Have you noticed that most people who have achieved great success gave credit to their personal coach? Just imagine what you could accomplish with your own personal success coach!
I believe in the success potential of all students and support their success in school and beyond. I have helped students achieve student success through Student Success Workshop (SSW), Concise Learning book, and 1-on-1 coaching sessions. I can help you develop a personal success plan to reach your full potential.
Sure, I know my stuff, but there are a lot of other coaches who know their stuff too. What makes me different is that I commit to knowing your stuff first -- your situation, your context, and your unique challenges -- and then help you personally discover what you need to succeed.
If you’re a high school senior or college freshman, click here for more information on the First-Year Experience and 1-on-1 courses with me. Click here for course fees. Click here to register for courses.
If you need help with specific issues, I’d be happy to discuss your situation at no charge. That way, I can get a better understanding of what you need and determine whether or not my services are right for you. If we’re a good fit, my fee is $99/hour.
It’s About You, Not Me
My coaching session with you is all about you, not about me. Students take coaching sessions with me not only because of my competence, experience, skills, and insights, but also because of my personal interest and engagement in the coaching session.
I believe that being professional does not mean being impersonal and dull. What I bring to each coaching session is confidence that you’re entrusting your time and effort to someone who tries to understand you and can help you. To me, you are not just another “session,” but rather a “unique individual” with unique intellectual and emotional needs.
My Coaching Philosophy
My coaching philosophy goes hand-in-hand with our mission and beliefs. It is based on my teaching experience, coaching experience, and research in the field of teaching and learning.
My coaching philosophy:
- When it comes to behavioral change, advice rarely works. What does work is coaching people to arrive at their own solutions from within so that they are committed to the outcome.
- For caching to work, the student has to want to grow and learn and be committed to that change
- My goal is to help students discover their purpose and their goals, and clarify what they need to do and think to become successful, and then let them go, not tie them to endless coaching sessions.
- It is critical that the students be involved in the conversation and coaching process. An open, honest, trusting, caring, supportive, and mutually respectful relationship between students and me provides the foundation for a successful outcome.
- Two-way learning, by the student and me, is fundamental to a meaningful coaching relationship
- Viewing students as a whole (intellectual needs emotional needs environment) is essential to my understanding of students and their unique situations.
- Students need to recognize that there is a gap between where students are (current situation) and where they want to be (students’ goals) and then be willing to work together with me to bridge that gap.
- I play an important role in challenging students to set higher goals (which students may not identify on their own) and developing a personal success plan to help students reach their full potential.
- Students exit the coaching relationship as independent thinkers and lifelong learners, equipped with skills of success, and with a clear implementation plan to reach their goals
- I follow-up with my students and I’m always available when my students need me again in the future.
Your success is my success.
My Role as a Coach
In simplest terms, my role is to help you grow and develop. I help you get from where you are to where you want to be.
In my role as a coach, I take on the following roles (based on Drahosz & Rhodes):
- Helper: help you discover your purpose and values; help you clarify your goals and develop plans to achieve them.
- Guide: help you navigate the workings of a college; help you deal with exams, professors, and classmates; help you navigate the freshman year; help you develop relationships.
- Counselor: foster self-discovery by asking thought-provoking questions and encouraging you to think for yourself to draw your own conclusions; also share my own experience, knowledge, and insight.
- Challenger: help you assess your strengths and weaknesses, and how they impact you and others; help you take advantage of your strengths; provide encouragement and safe learning environment.
There are 4 stages to our coaching conversation (based on Zenger & Stinnett):
- Frame the conversation: determine purpose; set the context and focus on desired outcomes.
- Understand the current state (where you are): clarify current situation of the student.
- Explore the desired state (where you want to be): explore options and barriers; set goals.
- Lay out a plan of action: create detailed, actionable plan and milestones that will help student accomplish desired goals.
The structure outlined above serves as a guide to our coaching relationship, not a cage. It will give us a clear framework to start on, versus a completely unstructured approach, but will vary from student to student because no two students are exactly the same.
Student’s Role as a Coachee
As a coachee, you are also responsible for creating a successful coaching relationship. It is about collaboration and learning from each other.
The person being coached has several key roles (based on Drahosz & Rhodes), including:
- Learner: continuously look for opportunities to grow and develop; develop news skills and abilities; take advantage of strengths.
- Planner: plan where you’re going, track progress, and monitor results; set realistic goals and identify interim goals for development.
- Communicator: openly discuss goals, aspirations, and challenges; give feedback to coach.
- Driver: drive the learning process by initiating and following through on commitments; self-responsibility and 100% control; asks for help.
For coaching to work, you must do your part. The more effort you put into the coaching relationship, the greater the benefits. On the other hand, if you lack passion for learning and growing, or put very little effort into the coaching process, you will benefit much less.
“Professor Krasnic’s coaching session made a huge difference in my freshman year. Because of him, I excelled and got the full college experience.” – Deborah H.
“Outstanding take-home value. I couldn’t believe how much I got out of just one day with prof. Krasnic.” – Susan M.
“Professor Krasnic is very knowledgeable, respectful, and inspiring. I highly recommend him.” – Tom B.
“The best advice I ever got. Unlike other teachers, Prof. Krasnic really cares about his students.” – Cory A.
“I learned about many skills that helped me improve myself immediately.” – Daniel T.
“Professor Krasnic makes learning fun and engaging. Now I actually like learning.” – Matthew H.
“Visual mapping really makes learning fun. Everybody should be doing it.” – Zoe L.
“Professor Krasnic helped me discover myself and my amazing abilities.” – Sarah C.
“Professor Krasnic gives personal meaning to school and education.” – Anna C.
“Professor Krasnic pushed me to challenge myself. Now I’m more satisfied with school and myself.” – Gabriel P.
“The coaching session with Professor Krasnic was a life changer for me. I’m no longer stressed out and I’m getting excellent grades.” – Amy D.
Contact me today to learn more about how I can help you get from where you are to where you want to be.