In high school, students develop the study and learning habits they will use throughout their entire academic careers. It is also a time where students learn valuable social skills, ones that will set the groundwork for how they will act, interact, and work through conflict throughout their lives.
In addition to helping high schoolers develop strong academic and social skills, StudentKeys teaches them the strategies they need to succeed, giving them self-confidence, direction, and focus. With StudentKeys, high school students will not only improve their GPA, but they will also develop empathy and respect for others. Most importantly, StudentKeys instills a lifelong love of learning that will keep students motivated and help them live up to their fullest potential.
- Enhancing interactions at home and at school
- Strength identification
- Career guidance
- Developing individualized study skills
- Identifying motivational triggers
- Bully prevention
- Improving student/teacher relations
Enhancing interactions at home and at school
High school is the time where students begin to learn academic and social independence. Their own unique Identity begins to take shape as they start to forge their own path in life, learn who they are, and set a course for the future. As that self-identity begins to develop, tension and personality clashes start to become more common. Whether it’s at home or at school, conflict is bound to arise. This conflict is often born out of a young person’s need for independence, coupled with faulty communication strategies and tendency to self-focused, seeing the world through their own perspective without considering the needs of others.
The concepts discussed in the StudentKeys workbooks promote self-awareness, self-reliance, communication, and empathy. Discussing the findings in these workbooks either one on one or in a small group will encourage students to understand the personality similarities and differences with family, friends, and teachers that night be a source of conflict. High School students can recognize different personality styles and appreciate the diversity of other viewpoints. In addition, students can learn to reduce aggravation and misunderstandings when they realize that a certain behavior by another is not purposeful, but is simply a function of their unique personality style.
Short and accurate assessments help identify a student’s natural learning, thinking, and academic strengths. Many students find the information about themselves to be eye-opening. Their identified styles will either confirm what they already know to be true, or will reveal strengths they never knew they had. This information can be very powerful, and can shape the decisions students make for their academic and professional future.
Guidance counselors are using StudentKeys assessments as a springboard for career planning. The information revealed about a student’s unique communication and values style can help a student decide more realistically about a career path. The Career Choice Workbook may be helpful by pointing out that on average, people with certain personality styles gravitate to and are more fulfilled by certain occupations than others.
Encouraging individualized study skills
Students can discover how they best take in new information through their senses and how they best process that information once they have it. Once a student’s learning and thinking styles are identified they can begin applying them in a practical way. Developing effective study habits targeted to their preferences will help them make the most of their study time.
Revealing motivational triggers
Personality style is closely related to motivation. In other words, who you are is related to how you think. When students learn about their own personality, they are better able to understand the stumbling blocks that keep them from starting or completing tasks. StudentKeys helps students find ways to build and sustain motivation, thus setting the groundwork for success in high school and beyond.
Understanding the importance of values
Students can identify their values system and understand how values unconsciously trigger many of the choices they make every day. A student who understands how he/she is motivated by an internal value system is better able to recognize their own strengths and limitations in social, academic, and professional settings. Students can also appreciate why they do not see eye to eye with parents, peers, and teachers as a result of conflicting values styles. Likewise, educators who pay attention their student’s unique values styles can target incentives to individual preferences therefore increasing motivation.
Empathy is the greatest tool for bully prevention. StudentKeys helps students understand the differences in personality that drive many interpersonal conflicts, and offers strategies for dealing with difficult or aggressive personalities. It also instill self-confidence, an appreciation of one’s own unique talents, and a healthy respect for differences.
Improving student/teacher relations
Improving students’ relationships with teachers has important, positive, and long-lasting implications for their academic and social development. Students who have close, positive and supportive relationships with their teachers will attain higher levels of achievement than the students with more conflicted relationships. If a student feels a personal connection to a teacher, the student is likely to show more engagement in the lessons being presented, display better classroom behavior, and achieve higher levels of academic success. Positive teacher-student relationships draw students into the process of learning and promote their desire to learn. Similarly, teachers who foster positive relationships with their students create classroom environments more conducive to learning and are better able to meet students’ developmental, emotional and academic needs.