We know college is a time of simultaneous excitement and uncertainty.
Are you nervous for your teen to be on their own in the fall? Is your current college student struggling with their post-secondary workload?
We can help.
College can present unforeseen challenges, and falling behind academically can feel overwhelming. Our tailored college coaching program offers personalized virtual support to ensure students stay on track and thrive. With a focus on individual needs, our college coaching provides students with the tools and guidance necessary to prevent academic setbacks and foster academic success throughout their college journey.
Untapped Success Stories
Dane was a bright yet scattered freshman in high school when he began working with a mentor at Untapped. His intelligence was never in question, but Dane struggled significantly with organization. He frequently missed assignments and was often unable to find his materials. Although he was enrolled in advanced classes, there was a noticeable disparity between his intellectual capabilities and his classroom achievement. As he continued through high school, his disorganization and struggles with managing his workload continued to be significant hurdles. Although there was some gradual improvement in his grades, the pace and demands of advanced high school classes continued to challenge his organizational skills.
Untapped’s approach with Dane was multifaceted, focusing on incorporating movement, structure, and accountability into his daily routines. Recognizing the importance of physical activity in enhancing cognitive function, we introduced boxing as a form of structured movement. This not only helped Dane channel his energy positively but also improved his focus and discipline.
We worked closely with Dane to build a structured daily routine, including specific studying times, relaxation, and boxing. These routines helped Dane develop a sense of predictability and control over his day, reducing his anxiety around time management and deadlines. In addition to those routines, accountability played a crucial role in Dane’s development. By establishing regular check-ins with his mentor and setting clear, achievable goals, Dane began to take ownership of his academic responsibilities. This shift in accountability from his parents to a structured mentorship program was pivotal in fostering Dane’s independence.
By the time he was enrolled at the University of Colorado, Dane had improved his executive function skills to the point where he only needed support his freshman year. By that time, Dane had developed the skills to thrive in college—successfully balancing his academic and personal life. After graduating from CU, he secured a coveted position in finance, a field that demands high levels of organization, analytical skills, and attention to detail. Dane’s journey from a disorganized eighth grader to a successful finance professional underscores the critical importance of executive function skills and mentorship in a student’s academic and professional trajectory. Targeted interventions tailored to address specific challenges, like disorganization and time management, can transform potential into achievement. Dane’s success is an example of how developing executive function skills, physical activity, and structured support can lead to significant outcomes for students struggling with similar challenges.Watch Video
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Untapped Learning has changed my children’s academic lives. They worked with both my daughter and son and during the time they were with Untapped Learning, they learned how to manage their time, get their homework and studies in on time, and were way more organized overall in school. Untapped mentors connect with every kid and teach them how to help themselves and become independent, self-advocating students. I would recommend them to anyone without hesitation, they truly care about each and every person they interact with. Their passion for working with kids is what makes them so special.
We have been so fortunate to be able to work with Untapped Learning. They have helped our daughter prepare for and succeed with the challenges she faces in school. Their patience and instructional style allow her to be open to learning and give her the confidence she needs to head off to school each day. They truly have been a gift to our family and we feel so fortunate to have them as part of our support team for our daughter.
Untapped has done wonders for my son’s confidence. He learns skills that he can then directly apply at school, which has helped his grades and school confidence. The mentors are top-notch, balancing fun and accountability. I can whole-heartedly recommend this program – worth the time and expense!
Untapped Learning’s mentors believe in kids and want to see them succeed. They utilize movement and different visual formats to help make learning fun. They keep things light and they are quick to turn around a bad attitude with a sense of humor. They help your kid with homework struggles and anything else your student needs. With Untapped Learning, you will be able to watch your student succeed in school this year.
My son started working with Untapped Learning in middle school and then took a break through High school. He started working with Untapped again as a freshman in college. He had some struggles with organization and getting overwhelmed with the increased expectations and independence of college. His mentor has been amazing in helping him break down his classes and organize his week for success. He has excelled and gained confidence in himself and his abilities. His mentor has empowered him to know how to manage the many challenges of college life.
Frequently asked questions
Find quick answers to common questions about our services, coaching approach, and student support.
Executive function (or EF) skills include planning, organization, time management, focused attention, impulse control, task initiation, flexibility, emotional regulation, verbal and working memory, problem-solving, and metacognition. These skills are hosted in the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain responsible for decision-making, attention, behavior, and emotion. (When people talk about our brains not fully developing until our mid- to late-twenties, this is the part of the brain they’re referring to.) In more tangible terms, these are the skills that help us maintain routines, prevent procrastination, and get out the door on time (among other things).
Many people develop these skills in their teens, but sometimes the skills don’t come naturally to everyone. People who have learning challenges like ADHD and dyslexia, those who struggle with anxiety or depression, and many others with no official diagnoses, often need to be taught these skills. With practice, everyone is capable of learning them.
That’s where we come in!
While traditional tutoring aims to improve understanding and performance in specific subject areas, executive function coaching targets the skills necessary for effective learning across all subjects. Untapped’s mentors empower students to understand their own learning processes, develop strategies for overcoming obstacles, and build self-regulation skills. We like to say that we approach executive function skill development through an academic perspective, but our focus is on the cognitive processes behind successful learning. Planning, organizing, etc. through the lens of school provides consistent, tangible ways for mentors and students to recognize and practice these skills. This approach typically facilitates immediate academic improvement, but more importantly, it fosters long-term resilience and adaptability, equipping students with the skills to tackle new challenges on their own.
At the end of the day, we’re less focused on GPA and more focused on increasing independence and building confidence so our students are successful in and beyond school.
Our in-person middle and high school students meet with their mentors at the same time every week for one hour. These sessions, held in the supportive and interactive environment of our Broomfield center, enable students and mentors to build a strong rapport and offer immediate feedback and encouragement.
Remote students and college students meet with their mentors twice a week for 30-minute sessions. These shorter meetings help students stay engaged and focused. Meeting twice a week is especially beneficial for college students—and their workloads—as it allows mentors to help students adjust their weekly plan and course correct when needed.
Regardless of student age or location, mentors reach out throughout the week to check in on progress, help problem-solve any situations that may arise, and provide supportive accountability from a non-parent, non-teacher perspective.
Untapped employs a multifaceted approach to track and measure the progress of our students, ensuring that each step forward is recognized and built upon. We also acknowledge that progress often looks like “two steps forward, one step back.” We begin by establishing clear, individualized goals based on a student’s initial assessment, strengths, and areas for development. Progress is then monitored through a combination of qualitative observations and quantitative metrics, including the completion of specific tasks and/or assignments, tracking grades, improvements in time management and organizational skills, and reflections on learning experiences. Regular check-ins with students and parents provide opportunities to assess growth, address challenges, and adjust strategies as needed. This allows us to celebrate successes, big and small, and ensures that our mentoring remains aligned with each student’s evolving needs.
Mentors at Untapped undergo a comprehensive training program designed to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and sensitivity required to effectively support students with diverse learning needs. Here’s an overview of the training process:
- Foundational Knowledge: Initial training sessions focus on foundational knowledge in developmental psychology, educational psychology, and an understanding of neurodiversity, including ADHD, dyslexia, and ASD.
- Executive Function Skills: Mentors receive in-depth training on executive function skills, specifically on recognizing deficits and taking action to target that skill development in a way that does not make students feel insufficient, attacked, or “less than.” This training incorporates strategies that aid in learning and skill development that benefit ALL students, and not only those with learning differences.
- Ethical and Privacy Training: Mentors are thoroughly trained on ethical considerations and privacy laws relevant to working with minors and sensitive information. This ensures all interactions and data handling comply with high standards of confidentiality and integrity. Mentors are also required to complete mandatory reporter training once a year.
- Cultural and Contextual Sensitivity: Recognizing the diverse backgrounds of students, mentors are trained to approach their work with cultural and contextual sensitivity. This prepares them to respect and understand different family dynamics, beliefs, and values.
- Ongoing Professional Development: Beyond initial training, mentors engage in continuous professional development, including workshops and peer learning sessions. This ensures they remain updated on the latest research, techniques, and tools in education and psychology.
- Feedback and Supervision: Regular feedback sessions and supervision are part of the training and development process, allowing mentors to refine their skills, discuss challenges, and continuously improve their effectiveness.
Untapped’s training program ensures that mentors are not only well-prepared to meet the academic and developmental needs of their students but also support their emotional and psychological well-being.
Here’s a step-by-step overview of the enrollment process:
- Initial Inquiry: Parents or guardians start by reaching out to Untapped through our website, phone, or email to express interest in our mentoring programs. This initial contact includes a brief discussion about the student’s needs, challenges, and goals.
- Intake Meeting: Following the initial inquiry and the resulting phone call, an “intake” is scheduled. This meeting can take place in person, over the phone, or via a video call, but its purpose is to provide an opportunity for parents and students to learn more about Untapped, discuss specific needs, and ask any questions they may have. During this meeting, Untapped employees will get a feel for the student’s academic skills, executive function challenges, learning styles, and any specific challenges or areas of concern. Based on that information, they can recommend a mentor to Untapped’s scheduling coordinator. This match is based on the student’s needs, personality, interests, and the mentor’s expertise, teaching style, and experience. Ensuring a good fit is crucial for building a positive and productive mentoring relationship.
- Enrollment: Once a mentor is matched and the program is selected, the formal enrollment process begins. This includes setting clear, achievable goals for the student, establishing a schedule for sessions, and discussing any logistical details.
Reach out now to start the process!