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Dana Aussenberg, M.S. Ed.
Learning Specialist

 
 
 
 

Do you have to ask your child multiple times to put down the iPad and finish their homework? Does your son or daughter often misplace their homework, permission slips or other important materials? Does it seem to take forever to get your kids out the door in the morning? Sound familiar?

  Dana Aussenberg is a Learning Specialist and Certified School Counselor with a Master's Degree in Education. Dana specializes in working with students on an individual basis, teaching executive functioning skills including organization, time management and study strategies.

 

 
 

Background

Dana received her B.A. from the University of Vermont and her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Hunter College. Dana's Master's Degree thesis focused on cyberbullying and its effect on adolescent self-esteem. Dana worked as a School Counselor at a 6th through 12th grade school in Gramercy Park, counseling students individually and in small group settings with a focus on problem solving and relationship building. She then went on to work at one of the nine selective public high schools in New York City as a College Counselor guiding 11th and 12th graders through the college application process, college essay revision and interview preparation.

For the past four years Dana has worked for the CUNY Start program as a Student Advisor and then Program Coordinator where she worked with first-semester college students transforming and teaching college skills preparatory curriculum. Dana also advised students on an individual basis helping them to develop problem solving, time management and communication skills through a collaborative inquiry-based approach. 

 

 
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Approach + Services

The core of Dana's approach is grounded in relationship building and learning about her students. To achieve success, trust and connection are essential. For children to succeed both in and outside of the classroom, they need to know how to plan their time effectively, stay organized and study “smarter not harder”. Using a strength-based approach, Dana focuses on students' strengths to motivate and empower them to do their best work. She provides personalized coaching that incorporates a student's academic, social and emotional well-being.

Through their work with Dana, students learn to become accountable to themselves and develop an inner discipline. The ultimate goal is for a student to independently apply these learned skills to their academics as well as their every day life. 

  • Executive functioning skills
    • Time management and planning
    • Goal setting
    • Organization (for the home and at school)
    • Focus
    • Study strategies
    • Motivation + task initiation
    • Emotional control
    • Impulse control
    • Flexible thinking
  • Test anxiety
  • Coping skills
  • Self-esteem + self-advocacy
  • Note taking
  • Summarizing

*Dana is happy to communicate with your child's school to work as a team, ensuring that your child is continuously progressing.  

 

Testimonials

"Dana has improved my self-confidence, motivation and grades. When I began working with her I was failing one class and had a D in another. Within two months, my grades in both classes were A's. I would never have been able to accomplish this without her. Dana really cares and is teaching me a lot more than academics. She has shown me where I've been in my own way and how to fix the problem. Never thought that this was possible. My parents are thrilled!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                -9th Grade Student

 

"Coming from a very different kind of education system, Dana was always there for me, making the transition to college very smooth and easy to understand. Dana is very knowledgeable and offers advice and strategies to stay on a path to educational success by focusing on someone's skills, strengths and passions. I'm so happy to have worked with her during my course of study at CUNY Laguardia Community College."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                      -Jenny, Student

 

"Dana taught me the skills I needed to know to prepare for my college classes and my future career as a Registered Nurse. The Nursing program is demanding and time management is important. Dana helped me to prioritize my time, set achievable goals and create a plan for success. Although, I was skeptical about registering for my nursing prerequisite classes, with Dana's coaching, I felt confident going into my first semester of college."

                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Cynthia, Student

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Meet Dana

An initial 30 minute phone consultation is free of charge. Please contact Dana for fee structure, policies and availability. 

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