Meet Your Coach

Get to know Jen Denton: your resident student success coach at Essential Education! 

Jen has helped students in their educational efforts for over 20 years. After obtaining her Master’s in Multicultural Education from National University in San Diego, Jen began her teaching career in Indio, CA. Here she had the unique opportunity to serve a diverse group of elementary-aged students during the day, and teach English as a second language to many of their parents and neighbors in the evenings.  

Jen moved to the East Coast in 2005, where she continued her work as a classroom teacher, family advisor, and school administrator. She has had the pleasure of partnering with students from 4 to 74 years of age, coast to coast! Jen continues that service with Essential Education, as she provides hard-working students (like you) with the skills and resources they need to succeed in study, work, and life.


Connect with Jen and Essential Education’s growing community of students in an upcoming live coaching session soon. Sign up today!

Get Calendar Smart

We’ve discussed the importance of creating a study schedule for success a great deal on eBoard. From setting priorities to establishing a routine review, we’ve highlighted the need to plan to succeed by properly planning time.

How do we bring all of this together? What does that look like in practice? After you have completed your self-evaluation, it’s time to get calendar smart! Here are some quick tips for planning a study schedule for success.

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Hard Work Pays Off

When it comes to work ethic, you may have heard the phrase, “get your hands dirty.” In short, it means putting your best effort forward despite any temporary pain or discomfort it might cause. 

Are you willing to work hard to get the job done?

This type of diligent work ethic is required when it comes to studying for and passing your high school equivalency exam, but it’s also an in-demand job skill. Employers want employees who will work with perseverance in their daily responsibilities. Hard workers stand out among other candidates and are highly valued for the effort they are willing to put into their duties.

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Live Coaching Success!

“I love the live coaching sessions! I’ve gotten so much from them. I would study later that day and put something I’d learned to use right away!”

– L.B., HiSET Academy Student

When the idea of live coaching first came up, THIS was the driving force: Essential Education’s desire to equip students with the practical tools they need to succeed. Hearing that this effort is accomplishing that goal is the highest praise!

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Pick Your Priorities

In order to get into a study groove that works for you, it is essential to know your priorities. The problem is, many of us live such fast-paced lives that we rarely stop to reflect on how we’re really using our time. We may say we have our priorities in check, not realizing that we are actually running off course. How are you spending your time? Are you focusing on the “big things,” or are distractions and temptations pulling you away from your goals?

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Hitting a Wall?

Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s like running into a brick wall? People tend to use this phrase when they face what seems to be an impossible obstacle or circumstance. Students sometimes make this statement when they are frustrated with their study efforts. When a student studies diligently and doesn’t make the progress they were hoping for, it makes them question their abilities. When they jump back in, study harder, and still don’t see a change, they feel as if they have “hit a wall.”

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Creating a New Normal

The phrase “new normal” has officially taken root in our cultural vocabulary. The worldwide pandemic has demanded life, work, and social changes none of us could have ever imagined. Our daily schedules and routines have been turned upside down and altered our habits and responsibilities. As with any unexpected change, we can choose to view our circumstances as obstacles to overcome or opportunities for growth.

Reflect and Revise

Self-reflection is always helpful in these situations. Consider asking yourself the following questions:

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You Are Not Alone

Did you know that there are over 32 million Americans over the age of 18 who have yet to complete a high school education? What sets you apart from the masses, and puts you in a special group, is that word, “yet.” If you are here, following along on this eBoard, you are at minimum exploring the possibility of getting your high school equivalency (HSE) credential. You are hoping to turn that yet into a YES!

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