Academic Coach Cites Top Reasons "Smart Kids" Struggle in School

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The Successful Student helps combat executive-function deficits that can lead to academic failure, even among the brightest and most talented students.

The Successful Student, a tutoring and coaching company developed by Jennifer Viemont, LCSW, launches this month just in time for the new school year. Unlike traditional tutoring companies, Viemont’s is helping parents and students tackle challenges that can lead to failure even among kids with high academic potential. According to Viemont, identifying and tackling difficulties with organization, attention and both time and stress management will be the key differentiating factor between failure and success for many local students this year.

"Many middle and high schoolers that struggle academically don’t actually need help understanding a specific subject," said Viemont, who has an extensive background in mental health, school social work and life coaching. "The real problem is a lack of executive-function skills. These deficits, which are quite common, can lead to failures in the classroom and in other areas of the students’ lives."

Executive functions are defined as a set of mental processes that allow people to access information, brainstorm solutions and then implement them.  Students with executive-function deficits often forget their homework, have difficulty studying effectively for tests and become easily overwhelmed when assigned big projects. They may also have difficulty prioritizing, knowing when to ask for help and anticipating consequences. These challenges can often derail even the smartest student.

Viemont is the parent of a 12-year-old who struggles in some of these same areas. Her impetus for launching The Successful Student was the lack of tutoring companies and study skills classes with curriculums tailored to kids with executive-function deficits.

The Successful Student offers a six-week course for individuals or small groups up to three students. Problem areas are identified and assessed, and then a customized strategy is developed and implemented. Key areas that the program is designed to help students improve in include problem solving, time management, organization, developing systems for tackling projects, paper writing, note taking skills, test taking sills and study skills.

The Successful Student’s programs are ideal for students who are chronically disorganized, stressed out overachievers or struggling to meet their academic potential. Viemont, an experienced ADHD coach, also works with students with attention deficit disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome.

"When your child is demonstrating executive functioning weaknesses, it’s not something that can be simply remedied by buying them a new day planner, or purchasing an iPad," said Viemont. "It’s imperative that you help them to develop the right set of skills and habits that are not only going to help them succeed during the school year, but throughout the rest of their lives."

For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, visit A list of signs that indicate executive functioning weaknesses can be found at

Courses are offered at the company’s main office near Southpoint Mall or via Skype.

Note to the Media: Jennifer Viemont is a subject matter expert, and has been featured in local and national press. She is available for interviews, byline articles and guest columns.

About Jennifer Viemont, LCSW

Jennifer Viemont is the founder and president of The Successful Student, a tutoring and coaching company created to help students gain executive functioning skills for academic success. Viemont holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and leverages her experience as a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and life coach to provide outstanding coaching and tutoring. Her expertise and insights have been featured in The Raleigh-Durham News and Observer, Women’s Health and Fitness, American Banking News and on For more information, visit

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