Guitar teacher and musician, Griff Hamlin, tells a story that academic coaching clients may find useful. Hamlin speaks of the teacher, who pours tea into the student’s cup, and he keeps pouring and pouring until the cup runs over. The moral, of course, is that if the student does not “empty his cup” and be prepared to receive the instruction, the instruction isn’t really going to go anywhere. The same can be said for academic coaching.
Perhaps guitar students and academic coaching clients must accept the idea that when learning, we need to be open to things that might go against our intuition. In my experience, we call this a willingness to assume the student role.
Sometimes we are so humbled by our bad grades or the threat of expulsion from school, we are like the alcoholic who has “hit bottom,” and we become accessible, because we have been so stripped of our pride and defenses, we grasp a new way of being in the world – in this case, a guitar student or an academic coaching client.
My advice to any prospective academic coaching client is to accept the student role, become humbled, and put into practice (i.e., empty your cup) what has been poured into your cup, prior to the next session.
Andrew J. Billups, PsyD