Student Testimonials 

"When I started college, I realized how unprepared I was!  I was never taught how to study in high school that well. Katie helped me so much and helped me learn to study... the right way and make better use of my time. By the end of the semester, I was able to get back on track and made A's and B's which I am happy and proud of"




"I was getting to a point where I hated college, I wasn't even sure why I was there, doing poorly in my classes and seriously wanted to drop out. Katie and I explored my motivation for being in the major I was in and it turned out it wasn't the major for me- I was just in because I thought it was what I was supposed to do or my parents told me I should do it. She helped me to figure out the major that I love and now excel in. I love going to classes now, am doing well and looking forward to the next steps and my career development." J.T. 




"When I first started college I had a really difficult time adjusting. I was soooooo homesick, anxiety and depression started setting in I wasn't even going to classes. There were days when I was too scared and depressed to even go to class. We primarily focused on this for a while and I was able to work with my anxiety and to start enjoying my new life as a student" H.D.




then I would make I "So... I used to study for tests for like 8 hours at a time and d's or f's on my tests. I had no idea what I was doing wrong and it was really depressing. After working with Katie I realized I was spending a lot of time studying the wrong way. She eventually helped me be more efficient in my studying and I learned different ways to study. Now I am able to study for a fraction of the time I used to and make A's and B;s . P.S.




" I have a learning disability so studying has always been hard for me. Katie taught me different ways to study and helped me with the academic accommodation process. Pleased to say I am doing well- even with my LD (which doctors used to tell me I would never be able to go to college)-guess I am proving them wrong." M.L.

Academic Coaching

Areas Explored: 


  • Academic Assessment (determining your study strengths and study weaknesses)

  • Developing time management skills

  • Stress Management

  • Developing strong study skills for different types of learning styles (we all learn differently)

  • Learning how to read a textbook, the right way!  (rarely is this taught in high school)

  • Creating a schedule that works for you

  • Test anxiety or academic anxiety in general

  • Organization 

  • Procrastination

  • Task Management (learning to prioritize)

  • Paper Writing (doing it the correct way, but also easy way-yes, there are tricks to the trade)

  • Note-Taking Skills (how to use adaptive technology in the process as well)

  • Preparing for Exams (the right way, not cramming the night before... don't worry, I used to do it too :)

  • Preparing for Finals (there is a trick to managing this stressful time)

  • How to approach your professor (what they like and what they don't - I can speak from personal experience as a former professor)

  • Discovering your major (so many choices, so many decisions. What gives you joy? How do you find out?)

  • Learning how to use resources on and off campus (they are out there, you just have to find them!)

  • Self-Advocacy Skills (one of the most important skills out there)

  • Working with a Learning Disability (yes, they can be worked with and there are different ways to learn that may work better for you) I can also help you with the Disabilities Service Process.

  • Adaptive Technology (there really are a lot of cool, helpful tools out there to help you)

  • Mental Health concerns as they pertain to academics

  • Adjustment issues, change, and "launching'

  • Navigating academics as a student athlete

  • Preparing for graduate school 

  • Preparing for a career (so do you know what you want to do for the "rest of your life?" :)

  • Dealing with "helicopter parents" while trying to become independent. (ah, they love you dearly, but sometimes they need help in letting you learn how to be your own person so you can grow to be successfully independent).

  • Dealing with "horrible" roommates, how to survive the semester (unfortunately, you may get the roommate from hell, it happens, but there are things you can do to help)

  • And then, making the adjustment from college to the so-called "real world" 


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Top 3 Recommended Readings for College Students and/or the Parents of:

This Book is Not Required: An Emotional Survival Manual for College Students by Inge Bell (Katie's favorite, which actually was "required" as a course reading supplement in her Intro to Psychology Courses - the majority of students really enjoyed this book.) This Book Is Not Required: An Emotional Survival Manual for Students has been regarded as a powerful tool to introduce students to the sociological analysis and personal reflection of college life. Now in its Third Edition, the book continues to educate students on the college experience as a whole—looking at the personal, social, intellectual, and spiritual demands and opportunities presented by college life. In a personable and refreshingly straightforward style, authors Inge Bell, Bernard McGrane, and John Gunderson critically discuss how academic life distinguishes between learning the institutional rules of higher education and internalizing those rules. The book demystifies professors and teaching assistants by discussing their institutional roles and incentives and invites students to take responsibility for—and make the most of—their educational experiences. 


College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It by Kadison and Degeronimo. Written for parents, students, college counselors, and administrators, College of the Overwhelmed is a landmark book that explores the stressors that cause so many college students to suffer psychological problems.The book is filled with insights and stories about the current mental health crisis on our nation's campuses and offers:

  • A hands-on guide for helping students overcome stress and succeed in a college environment.

  • An examination of the effects of such commonplace stress factors such as: identity development, relationships, sexuality, roommate problems, academic pressures, extracurricular demands, parental expectations, and racial and cultural differences that affect self-worth.

  • Personal stories of students under stress and describes how they overcame a variety of problems.

  • The warning signs and symptoms of common problems, including depression, sleep disorders, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, impulsive behaviors, and suicide.


How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less by Cal Newport. Looking to jumpstart your GPA? Most college students believe that straight A’s can be achieved only through cramming and painful all-nighters at the library. But Cal Newport knows that real straight-A students don’t study harder—they study smarter. A breakthrough approach to acing academic assignments, from quizzes and exams to essays and papers, How to Become a Straight-A Student reveals for the first time the proven study secrets of real straight-A students across the country and weaves them into a simple, practical system that anyone can master. A strategic blueprint for success that promises more free time, more fun, and top-tier results. How to Become a Straight-A Student is the only study guide written by students for students—with the insider knowledge and real-world methods to help you master the college system and rise to the top of the class.