Generally, my ‘Fulfil Your Potential’ course is a 13 session coaching programme. However, your pupils can do as many or as little sessions as needed.
How many sessions they need depends on them.
I also adapt sessions, to best suit their needs. I always discuss the plan of action before proceeding.
Session one is all about setting goals.
We talk about what’s getting them down, what they want to change, how they want to feel instead. And from there, we set a goal. I encourage them to believe in themselves and dream big dreams. If your students are facing exams, we talk about the grades they want to achieve, what’s standing in their way and how to get the results they want.
In session two we talk about how we’re going to get their goal.
They’ll often feel that they can’t achieve what’s expected of them. Too many pupils are scared to revise properly, because they’re so scared of failing and letting people down. This is when their fears and anxieties show themselves. We look at what support they’ve got, what’ll happen if they don’t revise and what help they need. We discuss revision strategies, learning styles and the motivation techniques that best serve them.
Next, it’s time to focus on beliefs.
This is a biggie, so it’s covered in sessions three and four. If anyone is going to drop out, it’s now. Your students will learn all about their thoughts and feelings and how they become beliefs. They’ll be shown how beliefs can then affect their behaviours and views of the world. They’ll see what beliefs they have that are holding them back and getting them down. And how to change them.
Positive beliefs that help them will be strengthened, so their mindset is trained to look for the positive and deal effectively with the negative. It’s also a great topic because it explains why and how other people behave differently. So, they’ll know that when someone does something that upsets them, it’s nothing personal. They’ll know how to deal with negative opinions, including comments from parents or teachers that say ‘you can’t achieve that’, ‘you’re not good at that subject’ or ‘you’re not clever enough.’
Sessions five, six and seven delve deeper into behaviour and what makes us behave in certain ways.
These are great because your pupils will learn about the six human needs and what to do to get their needs satisfied, in a healthy way.
They’ll also learn about values and why they act in a certain way. It helps them understand why everyone is different and that we don’t need to judge or criticise others. Instead, if we can understand why someone is acting in a certain way, we realise that it’s not because of something we’re doing wrong.
And they’ll find out about the checklists they’ve set themselves for feeling a certain way and how to change them, so they can feel better, more often.
This is also when we talk about stress, how to deal with it, why they react in certain ways and how to stay motivated during lessons, revision and the exams themselves.
Communication is covered in session eight.
They’ll understand how we can hear one thing, when something else is actually said. This is brilliant for them as it helps them to be better listeners and will ensure greater friendships. It’s also good to know as it means they won’t take criticisms to heart as much. They’ll learn to take on board the comments that help them, and let go of the feedback that hurts. This is also where we talk about their fears and how to overcome them.
Session nine covers responsibility.
Your pupils will learn that they are in control of their lives. They can see where they’re making excuses or laying blame. And they’ll see how to turn so-called weaknesses into strengths. They’ll empowered to believe in themselves and do their best.
Ten is the power of questions.
With the dawn of social media and ‘fake news’, it’s vital that your students learn why questioning things is empowering. In particular, they’ll learn how to evaluate their progress, their dreams and their beliefs. They’ll be able to keep track of their revision, their progress and their goals. This ensures that they are self-sufficient and know how to motivate themselves to achieve. It also ensures that they know how to overcome obstacles, be resilient and change their mindset and attitude to stay on track to succeed.
Sessions eleven through to thirteen are about life purpose and life goals.
These suit older children better as we discuss and set goals for all areas of their life. We look at their purpose and what they feel they’re meant to be doing. They’ll realise what unique gifts they have and what they want to do with them.
Other topics that can be incorporated where needed are:
Stress and how to deal with it.
How to stay focused.
The difference between confidence, self esteem and self worth and how to get more of each.
Healthy ways to deal with worry and anxiety.