Coaching approaches for remote tutoring: helping students feel in control and connected

Julie de Witt, Melanie Pope (University of Derby)

Thursday, September 3, 2020 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

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Session Outline

In the remote working environment students may feel a loss of control over their learning process and agency towards their personal academic and life goals. While guidance and advice can be important to help students to feel supported, coaching can give them a sense of taking control of their own situation and making their own decisions, especially within a situation that is not of their choice or making. Coaching in personal tutoring can also foster a strong sense of connection to the university at a time where students may be feeling very distant, because the approach is focused on the needs and desires of the individual but facilitated by tutors they know.

In this session we will introduce the principles of coaching as opposed to advising or mentoring, explore techniques for active listening from a coaching perspective, and apply the TGROW coaching model to the personal tutorial context.

This session is most relevant to personal tutors and advisors who have no prior experience of coaching.