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Indian Students Prepare To Shine As Agile Learners

India has a wealth of capable and engaged students and by developing their higher-level thinking skills, these impressive young people can become agile learners.

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A recent series of workshops with high school students in New Delhi has demonstrated the power of a positive approach to learning. Rola Zaki, a member of the education team at UTS Insearch, a pathway to the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), recently facilitated these workshops where they met over 160 participants. 

The collaborative workshops were designed to encourage good teacher-student rapport, enhance the student learning journey, and most importantly, make learning fun. The key was to focus on learning by encouraging students to use their strengths and to think outside the box while solving problems as well as performing under pressure. This approach helps develop students’ confidence and the skills they need in their studies and beyond. 

Positive learning focuses on strengths

The workshops covered a range of areas, including business, science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM), and building resilience. Students were engaged in a range of enjoyable activities where they could use their character strengths. This approach optimises motivation, boosts energy, and improves academic performance. In addition, by establishing a positive relationship with the students, feel they belong and are valued, which in return increases wellbeing and performance.

Skills for the 21st century

During these workshops, it was noted that India has a wealth of capable and engaged students and by developing their higher-level thinking skills, these impressive young people can become agile learners. Skills such as critical thinking, communication, and leadership will serve them well in the 21st century as professionals of the future will need to remain flexible and agile for adapting in a rapidly changing world. 

Students from the National Capital Region gave positive feedback on the workshops. They found the focus on their strengths inspiring and were engaged by the interactive and collaborative activities. The teachers were also enthusiastic about developing new ideas to use in the classroom and enjoyed using student-centred approaches to learning. 

A student-centred learning model

UTS Insearch implements its model of learning that focuses on a student-centric approach to teaching and learning, which aims to encourage students to become active and engaged in their own learning experiences.

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