The academic tutors, teachers and guidance counselors that partnership with Team Fuel are a core component of the Academic Development Services that we provide. It is our contention that well trained and responsible tutors, teachers and guidance can provide valuable support to student-athletes, and that it is this support that will ultimately enable our student-athletes to succeed at their coursework.
Tutoring is offered either on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting. Tutors work with student-athletes to set semester, weekly, and daily goals in the course they are tutoring, as well as a plan to achieve those goals. They assist in the comprehension of course material, and with the utilization of various techniques based on the student’s preferred learning style. Following each tutorial session, the tutor submits a tutorial feedback form to the student-athlete’s parents and coaches that evaluates the student-athletes comprehension of the course material, provides suggestions for learning strategies, and outlines new grade information.
The cost of most of these prep courses is less than the cost of a one day camp at a University, and the results are far more beneficial. It just makes sense. The more colleges you qualify for academically, the better chance you have to land a roster spot. A good athlete with good grades and high standardized test scores is much more attractive to a college coach than a good athlete with marginal grades and a below average ACT or SAT score. When trying to decide between two players of similar abilities, coaches will go with the better student every time.
Good student-athletes often qualify for academic scholarships and in-state tuition, potentially saving the athletic department scholarship money. This allows coaches in the equivalency sports to potentially spread the athletic scholarship money out over more players by filling in the financial gaps with academic scholarships. Most coaching staffs are intimately familiar with the academic scholarships that might be available for qualified student-athletes.
A Good GPA and SAT/ACT score indicates to coaches that a student-athletes will most likely achieve the minimum college GPA needed to maintain athletic eligibility. It is also an indication that a student-athlete will be able to adjust to college life. If a student-athlete is stressed about grades, he may not perform to the best of their abilities.
Grades and test scores are an indication of a student-athletes work ethic and achievement standards, for all areas of their lives. Student-athletes who put forth the effort in the classroom generally put forth the same kind of effort in practice and in games. Here is a formula many coaches believe in: