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Performance Coaching for Home Learning

How to use Key Strengths to stay motivated and on track with online learning

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Performance Coaching is all about helping students to identify their Key Strengths to optimise motivation, resourcefulness, grit and well-being.

In my online sessions with students, we use the Strengths Questionnaire to identify their Natural Strengths. We then find creative ways to use each unique strength to optimise independent learning, goal setting, and self-belief. Helping students use their Key Strengths to keep them motivated and on-task is essential during this unprecedented period of online learning.

Recently, I worked with a home-schooled boy in Year 11 who came up with the most fantastic ideas. He worked with me on finding ways to utilise his top strength of ‘Perspective’, and shared that he could using ‘self-coaching’ to keep motivated, ‘avoiding engaging in unhelpful thinking filters’ to keep him on task, and ‘seeing the examiner’s perspective’ when writing answers to maximise marks. For ‘Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence’, he wrote ‘acknowledge my own everyday successes’ and ‘knowing what’s good and what’s bad work’.

Encourage your child to write down some of their Key Strengths, and get them to think about how they can use them. For example, a simple yet effective way to start the day is to focus on ‘what’s strong, rather than what’s wrong’.

— Pepita Torbrand, Performance Coach,