Jessica Finnigan

My goal is to help students learn how to achieve joyful, successful, creative, and balanced lives.

I am passionate about helping students learn to use research-based study techniques to make their study time more effective and efficient.  These strategies help students tackle more complex material with less stress, and allows them to keep balance in their personal lives while still getting the academic results they want.  I have created techniques that enable students to quickly transform their school materials into brain-friendly formats, allowing them to save time and avoid the trap of duplicating work.

I customize my approach for every student.  This includes homework tracking and planning systems, daily accountability tracking, independent and efficient homework completion, study skills tailored to specific classes, personal project management, productive group work, college transitions. I have experience with the UK education system.  I would love to help students create amazing anti-stress revision plans for their GCSE or A Levels.  I love working with students with ADD/ADHD, executive function delays, and learning differences.  

I started academic coaching unofficially almost 20 years ago when I was a sophomore in college.  My first client had been a National Merit Scholar and perfect SAT scores, activities and straight A’s.  He failed out of his freshman year because he did not have organizational, time management, or study skills.  The semester we met, he was on Academic Probation. I helped him organize his classes, homework, projects, and work schedule.  The next semester he made the Dean’s list, graduated with a 3.7 GPA, attended a fantastic grad school program, and has had a successful career in computational geometry (he was also smart enough to marry me). I have been helping students get organized ever since. 

More about me:

I have four children (17, 15, 13, and 11) and three golden retrievers.  I love swimming, reading, cooking, and teaching. My passions are statistics and social science research.   I have a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science, and graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge, and King’s College London.  

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