Podcast: Ned Johnson: The Self-Driven Child

In today’s episode, join me in a thought-provoking conversation with Ned Johnson, author of several books and founder of PrepMatters. We delve into crucial parenting topics, sharing insights from his book, “The Self-Driven Child.” Your journey to understanding and empowering your child begins here, tune in! TRANSCRIPT Ned Johnson: 0:00 Few things can be more empowering […]

Podcast: Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster: Supporting Parents of Complex Kids

In today’s episode, I sit down with Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster from Impact Parents to discuss the intricacies of modern parenting. We delve into the challenges of setting expectations, raising ‘complex kids,’ and the evolving roles parents play in their children’s lives. Join us as we uncover the secrets to a more fulfilling and […]

Podcast: Don’t Force It: An Intentional Approach to College Admissions

Join me as we dive deep into the college admissions process and explore the three essential phases that set students up for success. We’ll uncover the importance of building a solid foundation, strategic preparation, and crafting a compelling narrative. Discover how an intentional approach can transform the college journey into a rewarding experience. TRANSCRIPT Sheila […]

Podcast: Hanna Stotland: Educational Crisis Management & Admissions

In today’s episode, I sit down with Educational Crisis Manager, Hannah Stotland. She works with students to recover their academic records and reapply to programs after major incidents, like medical leaves, ethics code violations, or family emergencies. Her message is clear: there is hope, but it will take your hard work. Bio Hanna Stotland flunked […]

Podcast: Alberto Naviera: STEM tutoring

In today’s episode, I speak with one of Signet’s Principal Tutors, Alberto Naviera. We discuss Alberto’s unique approach to STEM tutoring, his empathetic connections with students, and how he empowers them to conquer the challenges of learning science. Tune in to learn more about how we meet students where they are at Signet! TRANSCRIPT Sheila […]

Podcast: Holly Schrieber: Relating to Teens with ADHD as an Educator

Welcome back everyone! Today, I kick off back to school season with an interview with my dear friend and colleague, Holly Schrieber. Holly is one of the few people at Signet who does “all the things” – and this makes her an incredible insightful advisor and supporter for parents and students alike. Tune in to […]

Podcast: Andrea West: The Power of Reflection in College Admissions

Today, I talk with Signet’s Director of Operations and senior academic coach, Andrea West about the benefits of combining traditional college admissions consulting with coaching. Coaching can not only improve a student’s academic performance, but it can also shift them into more of a growth mindset and self-knowledge, two things which are vitally important in […]

Podcast Bonus Episode: Tools for Academic Skill-Building and Accountability

Jay Bacrania: Skills for High School Success

Towards the end of my conversation with Jay, our CEO, last week, we started getting really tactical around various tools that can help build students’ awareness of their challenges and move them towards solutions. In this episode, we talk through calendars, digital distractions, time management, and a tool for examining how non-academic factors impact academic […]

Podcast: How to Achieve an Academic Turnaround

How to Achieve an Academic Turnaround

Meet Liz – one of Signet’s rockstar academic coaches. In today’s episode, Liz shares her approach to coaching, what kinds of challenges coaching can help with, and how to tell if your child is ready for coaching or not. Learn about how a coach puts students at the center of identifying and solving their own […]

[Podcast Trailer] Don’t Force It: How to Get Into College Without Losing Yourself In The Process

For all the stressed-out parents trying to help their teenagers navigate the complicated world of college admissions. Each episode offers insightful and in-depth conversations with admissions experts and professional educators with practical advice for getting through the process without losing sight of yourself, your kid, or your sanity. From building a strong academic and extracurricular […]

How Should Your Teen Spend Their Summer?

How Should Your Teen Spend Their Summer?

It’s not too early for high school students to begin planning their summers! Discover four strategies for planning activities that are engaging and fulfilling.

Support Your Student’s Mental Health

How can parents best support their students’ mental health this winter? Start by using Signet’s Mental Health Checklist. Learn more about this valuable tool.

How Students Can Accomplish 2023 Goals


New year, new resolutions! Learn how to help your teenager achieve reasonable goals by supporting them in establishing small habits that add up to BIG results.

Need an Executive Functioning Coach?

Executive Function Coach

Is your student struggling with organization and time management? Learn how an executive functioning coach can help them be successful in all areas of life.

Academic Coaching vs. Teaching: What’s the Difference?

When students struggle with school, they often don’t know who to turn to for support. Can their teachers put them back on track, or might they benefit from a service like academic coaching? What are the differences between academic coaching and teaching in the context of getting students the help they need?    You’ve got […]

Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching

You’re already familiar with support options like subject tutoring and therapy. But did you know that there’s another service that can support your student both academically and emotionally?  Academic coaching involves working with students to improve essential executive functions and life skills vital to long-term success, such as organization, time management, project planning, and effective […]

Excellent Organization in High School

High School Organization

Is your incoming freshman organized enough for high school? Explore the three elements of good organization and how to help your teen master tasks, time, and stuff.

Support working parents with coaching for their teenagers

When you think about how to support working parents, chances are you think about childcare. But what about parents with older kids? Especially with the youth mental health crisis impacting working parents, it’s more important than ever to think proactively about how to address the many challenges employees are facing at work AND at home.  […]

Does My Student Need a Life Coach?

Does a freshman really have enough life experience to necessitate a life coach? Yes! Learn more about academic coaching—life coaching for teens.

Is It Academic Aptitude or Attitude?

Is It Academic Aptitude or Attitude

What if we told you a student’s attitude was just as important as their aptitude? Discover how adjusting their attitude can help your student improve their relationship with school.

Students With Good Grades Need Help, Too

One of the most common misconceptions parents have about academic coaching is that it’s only necessary for students who have poor grades. Discover why, sometimes, students with good grades need help, too.

8 Secrets to Studying Spanish

If your student is struggling in Spanish class or just wants to have a better language-learning experience, we’ve got you covered. Here are our secret weapons for studying Spanish (and other languages too!)