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Title: Coaching for Academic Success


1
Coaching for Academic Success
  • Monique Gaudreault
  • Louise Nadeau
  • Nikki Clarke

2
Agenda
  • Exercise Goal Setting
  • Coaching in a University Setting
  • Coaching versus Counselling
  • How we see our students
  • Solution Focused Coaching Process
  • Exercise Life Wheel
  • Benefits of Coaching
  • Coaching Applications in a Post Secondary
    Education Setting

3
Exercise
  • IDENTIFY
  • 2 personal goals 2 professional goals
  • What do you want to attain?

4
What IS Coaching in a University Setting?
  • Coaching is an ongoing partnership between the
    coach and the student that promotes change and a
    willingness to take action that brings about
    positive and lasting transformations in the
    students personal, academic and professional
    life.
  • Coaching offers a variety of techniques and
    strategies to help empower the student in their
    life.
  • Why is coaching a very effective tool for
    university students?
  • Action-oriented
  • Focuses on the positive
  • Draws on students strengths

5
Coaching VS. Counselling
  • The Role of the Counsellor
  • Providing nurturing and caring support
  • Promoting healing
  • Assisting in the development of coping skills
  • Focuses on the past to improve present and future
    functioning
  • The Role of the Coach
  • Being a catalyst for action
  • Acting as a motivator for change
  • Promoting the identification of action steps
  • Focuses on the present to improve the future and
    increase optimal functioning

6
How We See Our StudentsBased on Milton
Ericksons Five Principles
  • 1. Okayness principle People are Okay, nothing
    is wrong
  • Not a deficit remediation model
  • Gives the power back to the student
  • Coach provides a mirror for the students
    strengths
  • 2. People already have all the resources within
    to be a success
  • Coachs role is to help create awareness of these
  • Help students learn how to access these resources
    to increase learning
  • Atkinson, M, Chois, R.

7
How We See Our StudentsBased on Milton
Ericksons Five Principles
  • 3. Behind every behavior there is a positive
    intention
  • Helps students understand the deeper
    meaning/value behind their behaviors
  • Helps students understand how a behavior is
    serving them
  • Helps separate the person from their behavior
  • 4. People always make the best choice available
    to them
  • Focuses on the here and now
  • Encourages students to see that regret and
    hindsight are not always helpful, unless it is
    for the purpose of learning
  • - Atkinson, M, Chois, R.

8
How We See Our StudentsBased on Milton
Ericksons Five Principles
  • 5. Change is not only possible, but inevitable
  • Encourages students to embrace and celebrate
    change
  • Helps students develop their flexibility and to
    learn what they do and do not have control over
  • Provides hope that change WILL happen, one must
    simply decide the course of change
  • -Atkinson, M, Chois, R.

9
Solution Focused Coaching Process
  • 1. Build rapport with student
  • 2. Develop a contract with a clear outcome
  • 3. Create an experience
  • 4. Develop action steps
  • 5. Explore value for the student
  • 6. Appreciate student

  • From the Art and Science of
    Coaching Erickson College

10
Building Rapport
  • Powerful questions
  • Listening
  • Being congruent in words and actions
  • Backtracking

11
Developing the Contract
  • Open Ended Questions to ask students
  • What do you want?
  • How would you know if you got it?
  • What might be some of the best ways that you
    could work towards it?
  • How important is it for you? How might you commit
    to it?

12
Goals
  • Is it stated in positive terms?
  • Is it within their control?
  • S.M.A.R.T. Goals
  • Check for ecology both from within and externally.

13
Create an Experience
  • Miracle question
  • Mentors Table
  • Time Shift
  • Value Clarification
  • Point of view shift
  • Wheel(s)

14
Exercise Life Wheel
15
Action Steps
  • Develop action steps with the client

16
Explore Value for Student
  • Possible questions to ask
  • - What are you taking away from our session
    today?
  • - What are you leaving with?
  • - What was helpful about the work we did
    together today?
  • WHY?
  • - Allows the student to process his/her own
    session
  • - Gives the coach increased awareness and
    insight around the student.

17
Coach Appreciates Student
  • - Coach reflects on what the student
    accomplished within the session and appreciates
    the work they did.
  • - Coach is not a cheerleader but instead
    reinforces observable positive behavior.

18
How coaching relates to the U of O mandate
  • To facilitate the development of students
    personally, interpersonally, culturally, and
    academically
  • To develop programs and services to improve the
    quality of university experience
  • To create a stimulating environment conducive to
    academic success from year one to graduation

19
Coaching Applications in a Post-Secondary
Setting
  • Mentoring Centres
  • Supervisor/Supervisee
  • Academic Advisors
  • Professors
  • Career Centres
  • Counselling Centres
  • Centre for University Teaching

20
Tips to Make Coaching a part of your life
  • Check in with your values
  • Often
  • Act accordingly
  • Concentrate on what you want
  • Have Fun, Be Passionate
  • Intuition Trust it
  • Never say never
  • GO FOR IT

21
References
  • Claridge, M.T. Lewis, T. Coaching for Effecive
    Learning. A Practical Guide for Teachers in
    Health and Social Care.
  • Atkinson, M, Chois, R. Art Science of
    Coaching Step-by-Step System. Exalon
    Publilshing, Ltd., c2007.
  • Law, Ho et al. The Psychology of Coaching,
    Mentoring and Learning. John Wiley Sons Ltd.
    C2007,.
  • Whitworth Laura al. Co-active coaching New
    Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work
    and Life. Palo Alto, California, Davies-Black
    Publishing, imprint of Consulting Psycholgists
    Presss, c1998.

22
Questions?
  • THANK YOU
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