7.2 Possible topics for training 

How do you select topics for training? 

When selecting topics for group coaching, you could consider the common challenges and interests faced by engaged students. It could be helpful to monitor trends in student feedback, and staying updated with academic or social events can offer insights into pressing issues. Additionally, facilitating open questions, forums or surveys can directly capture students’ needs, ensuring that group coaching sessions are both relevant and impactful in addressing collective concerns. 

What can training be about? (potential topics) 

The student rep course from Sparqs can be valuable inspiration for (group) coaching new students and explain the role of student representatives. Their ‘student learning experience model’ can also offer insights into potential topics for group coaching: 

Training centred around student engagement aims to foster active participation, boost motivation, and enhance students’ overall academic experience. Here are some other potential topics that could be explored: 

  • Time management and productivity: techniques for balancing academic, extracurricular, and personal responsibilities 
  • Study & meeting skills: teaching students how to enhance comprehension, lead a student meeting, effective note-taking, etc. 
  • Goal Setting: Creating achievable academic and personal goals, mapping out strategies to achieve them, and learning to adjust when faced with challenges. 
  • Motivation and Mindset: Exploring intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, cultivating a growth mindset, and addressing fears or blocks that hamper engagement. 
  • Digital engagement: utilizing online tools, platforms, and resources for learning; addressing challenges like digital fatigue and fostering online etiquette. 
  • Balancing academic pressure: strategies to manage stress, avoid burnout, and maintain well-being amidst academic pressures. 
  • Feedback and growth: constructively receiving feedback, using it as a tool for improvement, and understanding the iterative nature of learning. 
  • Cultural and social engagement: navigating cultural differences, engaging in diverse environments, and building a sense of belonging and community in diverse settings. 

All topics can be tailored to suit the specific needs and demographics of your own student group. It’s also crucial to maintain open communication and gather feedback, allowing students to express their concerns and ensuring that the group coaching sessions are genuinely beneficial for them. 



“Welcome to the MOOC “Student participation from A to Z”. On this website they offer a broad range of online courses to guide you on your way towards becoming an engaged student.” In this MOOC you can find interesting topics regarding to student engagement, and also courses (f.e. loyalty culture) to learn more about it.  

Link: https://studentparticipation.eu/participation-a-z/ 

Student rep course from SPARQS (Scotland). 

Link: https://www.sparqs.ac.uk/students.php?page=94 [NB Any non-Scotland institutions wishing to access the sparqs' training materials, please contact Eve Lewis, Director of sparqs, at eve.lewis@sparqs.ac.uk ]  



SPARQS’ Student learning experience model 

Link: https://www.sparqs.ac.uk/sector.php?page=1116