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What is Self-Advocacy?



We all need help at some point in our lives, and it can be hard to ask for that help when you need it. Building up your self-advocacy skills will help ease the burden you might feel when asking for help. Self-advocacy is defined as "seeking assistance and resources when you need them." This is a critical skill for students to learn at a young age. The components of self-advocacy include:

  • Understanding what you need help with

  • Knowing (approximately) what can solve that problem

  • Communicating those ideas to others

  • Considering and/or accepting help


How We Reinforce Self-Advocacy


At Star Tutoring, we coach our clients through the self-advocacy process. We help students identify when help is needed, how to seek the proper resources and people (teachers, parents, friends, tutors), and how to communicate their needs. Rather than "doing it for them," we try to "do it with them." This means that we will sit side by side and help craft communications to teachers—whether it’s asking for additional help, clarifying when something is due, or asking for extra credit.

Each step takes self-awareness and critical thinking. We do not expect our students to become masters of self-advocacy in a single session. Over time, we help our students become confident, independent learners who will not shy away from challenges.




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