Are you starting to get more emails about missing assignments?
Is your child struggling with initiating tasks?
Are they doing work but forgetting to click "submit"?
Or forgetting to do small tasks that you know they know how to do ... they're just not actually doing them?
Yeah... we've noticed that too! This online school thing is tough for a lot of kids, and we want to help.
If this doesn't describe your child -- you can stop reading now. Be sure to celebrate because that is not common!
If this does describe your child... body doubling sessions may be perfect for them!
What is body doubling?
Working on important tasks with someone else. Many people, especially people with ADHD, find it easier to start & accomplish tasks when they have someone else with them -- either in person or virtually.
It’s a similar environment to co-working, as other students will be present, along with a coach who is available to help hold them accountable to finishing tasks & can answer questions.
How does body doubling help people?
It creates an environment where others are working, so it’s more motivating than working on their own.
They have someone who can field their questions if they get stuck in an indecision loop. It helps them focus and commit to doing their work rather than get distracted by other tasks or put off the task until later or until they “feel like it.”
It helps people break down tasks into small bite-size pieces instead of just staring at a blank Google Doc & feeling overwhelmed.
Is this meant to replace coaching?
Not at all; these sessions can be great on their own or an excellent addition to coaching, but they are not interchangeable.
How is it different from coaching?
In short, coaching is about long-term transformation with the support of a specific coach.
Body doubling is about providing a time and space to get tasks done that a student is having a tough time completing on their own. A coach will be there for support, but it’s not necessarily their coach, and they are not building on the work of previous sessions.
Coaching sessions are in-depth strategy sessions where a student’s academic coach helps them set long-term goals, develop strategies for accomplishing those goals, and learn the types of larger academic skills.
The goal of coaching is long-term transformation and skill-building.
Example: Your child wants to raise their score in AP US History from a 4 to a 6. In order to meet that goal, your child works with their coach to learn how to use retrieval practice & distributed practice study techniques, how to organize a study plan, and how to prioritize important study tasks that may not feel urgent. Your child benefits from having a frequent accountability partner and getting feedback on their work. They also benefit from having a coach who can help them figure out solutions to the problems they face when implementing these new skills. These are skills your child practices with their coach so that they will be able to independently apply them in the future.
Body doubling sessions are more for skills the student can do on their own, but they are having trouble actually following through.
If your child has ever said, “I know what to do, I just don’t know how to get started” or “I’m having trouble getting motivated,” body doubling sessions could really help them by providing a dedicated time & space for them to work on the tasks that are hard for them to actually finish. The goal of a body doubling session is short-term: to finish an assignment or cross items off a to-do list.
Example: Your child knows how to do their math homework, but they are having trouble getting started. They can attend a body doubling session where a coach is available for problem-solving support if needed, but the main support they will benefit from is having someone there to hold them accountable for setting a work goal & meeting it. Your child shares that they have a goal of finishing 3 problems in the next 15 minutes; the coach at the session will be there for any questions they have during that time and will check in with them about their progress.
Who benefits from body doubling sessions?
Students who are forgetting to turn in assignments
Students who put off tasks because they don’t feel like doing it
Students who are having trouble getting started - not because they don’t know what to do, but because they just aren’t initiating the task
Students who are having trouble carrying out the between-session tasks assigned by their coach
Students who get distracted working on their own
Students with ADHD
Students who are always about to get started...later
Students who are struggling to complete all their asynchronous work & homework
Who would not benefit from body doubling sessions?
Students who are turning in all of their assignments already
Students who do not have motivation or initiation issues
Students who are able to focus better on their own
Students who do not want to participate and do not think it would be helpful for them - so if you’re not sure, ask them! :)
How does a body doubling session work?
At least 1 academic coach will be present for the 55 minute session. Students can drop in at any time during the session. It will be split into 3 work blocks.
The coach will ask all students to set a goal for the first work block
Block 1: 15 minutes of work timeIf students have questions during this time, they are free to ask verbally or in the chat to get support from the coach
The coach will check in about everyone’s progress & ask students to set another goal for the second work block
Block 2: 15 minutes of work time
The coach will check in about everyone’s progress & ask students to set another goal for the third work block
Block 3: 15 minutes of work time
Wrap up: The coach will ask students to reflect on what they completed & what their next steps are.
How much does it cost?
We’d love for you to try out your first session for free! Contact us for a code to try it out.
After that, it's either $15 per session, or you can purchase an unlimited monthly membership for $75 that grants your child access to up to 16 sessions per month (we offer sessions every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday when school is in session).
When are the sessions offered?
Mondays 6:15-7:10pm EST
Tuesdays 4:05-5pm EST
Wednesdays 1-2pm EST
Thursdays 4:05-5pm EST
How do they sign up?
Sign up at this link using your child's name.
They'll receive an email with a link to an introductory video and a link to the Zoom room for the session.