Staying And Achieving Objectives

Group training

First Level Support: Learning groups

  • Part of the curriculum => compulsory
  • For every first year student
  • Group sessions (15-20 students per group)
  • Teacher = personal coach
  • Target & aims:
    • Improve study skills
    • Increase motivation
    • Problem solving
    • More personal contact with the teacher. The teacher is now more like a coach whom the students can ask for help when they experience problems. He will help them so that they can improve their problem solving skills by making them aware that a problem doesn't get fixed by itself.
    • Sense of belonging to a group - group bonding.

Individual training

Second level support: Student Guidance Centre

Students for whom the initiatives inside the curriculum are insufficient can get extra support at the Student Guidance Centre.

  • Individual or semi-individual approach
  • Based on demands and questions of the student
  • Contextual approach (developed by Iván Böszörményi-Nagy)
    • Key elements are trust, recognition on a deeper level than compliments, loyalty and mutual support
    • Student is seen within his whole context (family, friends, school, work etc.) because his context will influence his behaviour, his wellbeing and so on
  • Personal approach
    • Everything that the student is carrying may influence his study success. Student counsellors need to be aware of all of these influences during the counseling (see also contextual approach)

Third level support: External professional help

  • CAW - a team of psychologists and social workers who help students with mental problems which lie in the domain of therepy
    • depression
    • big family issues
    • anorexia, history of abuse etc.
  • Other external professionals

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