Academic Coaching in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria or online

Our greatest teaching tool is our passion. We get involved – head and heart and have a vested interest in seeing our students grow.

At Genius, we aren’t just about
teaching students how to pass a subject.

Our Academic Coaches are there to enhance a student’s general academic experience and equip them with tools and strategies to help them ‘win the game of school.’

The role of the coach is to facilitate the growth of a student into a productive, effective, and independent learner by teaching them academic and life leadership skills. Coaches work towards a global improvement in all academic skills and their effectiveness can be measured by a learner’s overall academic performance.

The Academic Coaching course spans several academic and life-leadership skills. These skills impact all of the subjects a student is taking, and ultimately their effectiveness in their future endeavours – university, their careers, and beyond.

Academic Coaching curriculum:

Fundamentally, the role of the academic coach is to facilitate the student’s growth from reactive to proactive and, ultimately, from dependent to independent.


Tools for better quality, quantity, and consistency.


Importance and implementation.


Strategies for healthier eating.

Wellbeing & Energy Management

Becoming more productive.

Alertness & Stress Management

Situational tools for shifting alertness levels.

Examination Anxiety

Understanding autonomic arousal.

Mindset & Motivation

Goals, confidence and attitude.

Focus & Productivity

Getting the most out of an hour.

Formatting & Habits

Optimise your routine.

Time Management & Organisation

Life leadership skills.

Learning, Study Skills & Mnemonics

Working smart.

Note-taking techniques

Taking advantage of class time.

Examination Techniques

Learning to beat the game.

Proactivity, Independence, and Interdependence

Taking responsibility.

The tools, strategies and focus areas are tailored to each student after a comprehensive assessment of their strengths, weaknesses, and needs.

“I would recommend Genius to any person that requires a more holistic solution to their educational challenges. The investment has been significant, but it was the best decision I have made for my family, and I will do it again if I were faced with the same choices.”
“The tutors have been of a very high quality and, along with their own proficiency in the subjects they specialize in, they are able to actually teach and resonate with an 18-year-old youngster.”
“In just the 4 weeks leading up to the exams, his marks went up by more than 30%. He’s a lot more confident and enjoys his schoolwork.”

How We Operate

Family Interview:
Our process starts with a family consultation at our assessment centre in Fourways. We get to know the student – we find out about their study habits, routines, interests and goals. This includes both an in-depth qualitative and detailed quantitative review of the student’s scholastic career up to that point.

Team Selection:
Tutors, if tuition is deemed necessary, from our team are selected based on an optimal match in terms of learning style and personality. We aren’t an agency; we know all of our tutors personally, and as far as we are concerned, choosing the right mentor – someone your child will look up to and connect with – is crucial!

One-On-One Lessons In Your Home:
Lessons happen one-on-one in your home or at your school. The tutors build a working relationship with the student and move through the outcomes effectively and constructively. We set and keep track of work to be done in between lessons.

Tools for better sleep

Teaching note-taking techniques to a student who is not sleeping well, eating well, and doing some kind of regular exercise really is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Despite this, there is so much hype around teaching students study techniques and learning modalities and very little emphasis on the fundamentals.

The reality is that a student really can drastically improve their focus, alertness, energy, and effectiveness by making a few small tweaks to their sleeping habits.

Prescribing vs Professing
Andrew Huberman is an American neuroscientist and tenured professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Learning podcast. The tools described in this article are a brief introduction to some of the mechanisms that Huberman describes in his podcast, and we highly recommend you take the time to listen to it in its entirety (the first few episodes are on sleep).