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Want Smarter Students? Social Skills Go a Long Way

Want Smarter Students? Social Skills Go a Long Way

Dec 19, 2017

Research shows that it takes more than hard facts and numbers to make a solid achiever out of your students: don’t neglect their social and emotional skills.

A tutor’s job can seem pretty cut and dried: there’s a subject (or more), a student, and a goal – like pass an exam or improve their marks.

But what separates the wheat from the chaff when it comes to student performance? Turns out it takes a lot more than test prep and note-taking.

Recent research from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence finds that students’ social and emotional development is “the common element” for improved academic success. Consequently, more educators are incorporating Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) techniques into their teaching.

What’s SEL involve? You might already be practicing some techniques: Encourage your students to focus inward when they’re starting a practice exam. Use emotion words when talking students through difficult problems. The bottom line: build empathy and understanding in your working relationship with your students.

Further studies have seen SEL work wonders: more self-aware and empathetic students are more likely to graduate from high school, go to college, and enjoy better physical and mental health.

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Analysis: 5 Ways Adults Can Develop Children With Strong Social and Emotional Skills https://www.the74million.org/article/analysis-5-ways-adults-can-develop-children-with-strong-social-and-emotional-skills/

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