FAQ

What is Palo?

Palo provides coaching for kids, teens and tweens (with special focus on middle schoolers). Our coaches work with students to develop critical life skills, executive functioning skills and effective study skills that help them thrive in every area of life and reach their full potential. Our unique coaching method is aimed towards a whole-child approach that goes beyond academic excellence and helps students spark a zest for life. 100% engagement in everything they do and exploring their full potential is what we strive for.

How does Palo coaching work?

Our unique coaching approach is aimed towards a whole-child excellence. Our coaches help students spark a zest for life. We provide personalized coaching experience to every student and family. Our coaching process begins with a FREE Coaching Consultation following which the student meets up with their assigned Coach and begins daily coaching sessions. Our coaching process consists of weekly challenges and daily skill-building exercises that help kids develop certain life skills and executive functioning skills. The student receives daily bite-sized nudges and reminders from his/her Coach to stay on track and keep moving forward.

What skills will the student my child develop?

Palo coaching focuses on building 3 different growth areas or skill sets in every student. All the skills we teach fall under these 3 main growth areas – Self management, Learning Strategies and Relationship Skills. These skill sets are referred to as “Sparks”. The skills under each of these 3 growth areas include – organization, discipline, time management, critical thinking, problem solving, creative thinking, confidence, socio-emotional learning, communication, collaboration or teamwork, resilience, responsibility, emotional regulation, smart study skills, self-awareness and reflection.

Are these skills aligned with Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at schools?

Palo coaching is based on ASCA standards and follows CASEL framework. ASCA National Standards identify and prioritize the specific attitudes, knowledge and skills that students should be able to demonstrate as a result of participating in counseling. The ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors are organized in 3 broad domains: academic, career and social/emotional development. These domains promote mindsets and behaviors that enhance the learning process and create a culture of school, university and career readiness for all students. CASEL framework focuses on building 5 critical social emotional learning skills in interrelated areas of competence such as: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

What are Sparks?

Every child has a different set of strengths within them. However, not all strengths are recognized and realized, when they do, the strength becomes their Spark. At Palo, we nurture certain life skills, study skills and social emotional skills in a student. Once a student masters these skills, it becomes their “Spark”.

What are nudges?

A nudge influences a child’s decisions toward healthy development. Coaches send nudges like a reminder to remind their plans or encouragement to boost their confidence or inquiry to ask them to reflect on different experiences. Think nudges as tips, tricks and tools you get from a trust partner to help you to make good decisions.

How will the Palo coach interact with students?

The Palo coach will interact with the student over chat or recorded video. He/she is accessible via chat and responds within 24 hours.

Who are the coaches?

Our Palo coaches are trained professionals who are experts in the field of child psychology, behavioral therapy, and family therapy with years of experience behind them. They follow scientific and research-backed coaching strategies that have been proven time and again to improve student’s performance, behavior and lifestyle.

How are coaches paired with students?

We will first assess the needs, behaviors and learning goals of the student. Our Help team then assigns a Palo Coach following a Smart-pairing method that’s based on common personalities, interests and more intrinsic factors that make the Coach a perfect match for the student.

What's the difference between a coach and a tutor?

A tutor helps your child (the student) with specific subjects that he/she is struggling with academically. The tutor ensures that the poor grades of the student improve and prepares them for examinations, both for school and university. On the other hand, a coach aims to teach certain learning strategies and tools that will help the student become a more effective learner. The student is also provided with support and guidance to navigate their school and tackle all academic challenges, as and when they arise.

What's the difference between a coach and a therapist?

Therapy can be necessary to support your kid or teen’s mental health with personalized care from a clinician. But coaching can be a game changer for your child’s entire life – it equips them with some practical skills and tools that help them navigate their school and life with ease. And discover their strengths, reach their goals and find out their purpose in life.

Why does a student need a life coach?

Every child needs a life coach who can nurture their strengths, skills and help them reach their full potential – both in school and life. At Palo, our coaching focuses on developing whole-child excellence in kids and teens.

At what age should my child begin with coaching?

There is no wrong age. The right age for your child to begin coaching is the age they are right now. Though it’s important to note that the earlier they start, the better it is. And the sooner they’ll learn the skills needed to thrive in their academics, relationships and life!

How do I get started?

You can get started by joining our Beta waitlist. Following which, you will get a chance to book a FREE Coaching Consultation with a Palo Coach to see if coaching is the right fit for your child.

When will the Palo coaching app launch?

The Palo app is slated to launch by early 2022. The app will be available on both iOS and Android. We’re as excited as you are!