Virtual Hall’s coaching model is designed to increase a students’ internal locus of control – their ability to impact and direct their own life.
For many students, the shift to college means having to independently make an increased number of decisions throughout the day and week – many of which will impact their entire semester. One of the challenges of college is that students are forced to make these decisions without valuable knowledge, experience, or perspective. Organizing, planning, prioritizing, initiating, executing – they all have to take place, and in the right order and in real time – to achieve the desired outcomes.
Having so much choice and so little perspective can be daunting, overwhelming, or simply inefficient. There is a better way.
The coaches at Virtual Hall work to establish relationships with students, get to know their interests and strengths, and also their intended areas of growth. Our approach, including using Motivational Interviewing and Data-Informed Decision-Making, helps students to be in charge of their goals and their actions. Our coaching is student-centered, and Virtual Hall’s coaches support students to evaluate their strengths, challenges, skills, and behaviors and align them with their goals.
It is incredibly rewarding to reflect on the difference between a student at the start of their coaching relationship and where they can go over time. They are able to make more decisions. take over ownership of their goals or areas of focus, and they develop a “bias toward action” – a decision-making framework that keeps them focused on doing the next right step.
By working directly with coaches students are able to connect mid- and long-range goals to small, immediate, and regular actions and create a continuous thread between overcoming challenges or ambiguity and accessing long-term success. Re-framing non-preferred tasks and chores into meaningful decisions and actions increases a student’s self-motivation and helps them develop their internal locus of control – the feeling that they can direct outcomes of their life. This feeling of accomplishment also increases a student’s internal resiliency and capacity to complete similar or more challenging tasks in the future.
Coaching lays a foundation not just for success in the short term, but access to success for the long term, as well.