Retention is increasingly becoming a concern for educational institutions, particularly within further and higher education. How can you be sure that you have the right students on the right courses? Behavioural profiling supports students in choosing the right course and learning environment for them and helps to identify possible contributing factors to withdrawal.
Choosing the right path
Deciding on a study or career path is never simple, so how can you support students in choosing the right route for them, which in turn will improve retention?
Understanding a student's preferred way to behave and work means you can work with them to match this behaviour to an appropriate course.
Every subject or course has different behavioural demands, so finding a suitable fit is crucial. Students who have the right skillset and working style for their course, will be more likely to remain engaged throughout the duration of their course and remain within the college or university.
Boosting self-awareness amongst your students will also give them the confidence and motivation to work towards the right goals for them. They will understand their strengths and how to use them to work towards bright futures.
Keeping them there
So you've got the right students on the right courses, but how do you keep them there? How can you be sure that you are offering the best support to ensure your students are engaged and fulfilling their true potential?
By gaining an insight into the way your students behave and their strengths and areas to work on, you can tailor the support you are offering to best suit them.
You will be fully equipped to modify the teaching, learning, and assessment to best suit your group of students. Individual areas for development can be easily identified and appropriate support can be offered to encourage commitment to their studies.
Students will all respond differently to methods of behaviour management, so by understanding how they prefer to communicate and what motivates and demotivates them, you'll be able to modify your style of behaviour management to get the best out of your students. Students can also use information about their behaviour to improve their behaviour themselves – self-aware students understand the impact of their behaviour on others and know how to motivate themselves.
Improving behaviour and reducing the number of exclusions, negative referrals and drop-outs in itself boosts engagement. The result is a group of engaged and motivated students who are on the right path for them and understand how to use their strengths to reach their goals.