How to help students make the right course selections for their future

Sponsored: Tutoring network Superprof explains how you can help your students make the right choices at all stages of their learning

There are many moments in the life of a student where teachers and directors sit down and try to help them select the right courses for their future. Neglecting doing so could lead them through difficult years of confusion and indecisiveness. Here is how you can help your students make the right choices at the various stages of their learning curve.


When you are young guidance can be the difference between a life well-spent and one searching an elusive path throughout the years. This guidance evidently starts at home, with the parents, but it continues at school as well, with teachers and other members of staff.

Students need to be directed towards a bright future and everyone around them should be involved. Sometimes, a tutor from Superprof needs to be brought on board to complete the surrounding team. Whatever help they need, it should always be made available to them.


The very first element of help one can give a student is lending them an ear. Some people confuse guidance with direction. Teachers are not there to tell the kid what to become, but to help them reach that career that he or she desires. That’s why the initial step is always about listening to the young men and women. Only once you know what they want can you help them achieve their goals.

Not all kids are able to put into words their internal desires. That is why listening sometimes means looking at how they interact with their peers, and see where their greatest passion lies. As adults, our own experience should come in handy, when it is time to be intuitive about the students’ needs. If you are able to direct them towards what they enjoy most, chances are they will grow to be happy adults, who will provide their best to their own family and become an efficient part of society, as well.

Ask why

When students pick out certain courses that do not seem to fit into their career path, ask them why they chose them. Either they have confused what the course was about, or there is a sense of direction they would like to go in but they have yet to come to terms with it.

It is also possible that they don’t know how to tell their parents what they really want in the future. If that is the case, lending a helping hand by speaking with the student and the parents could make a great difference in the student’s destiny.

Ask where

There are many reasons why a student would continue to study in another state, or even abroad. Some of them are worth looking into, while others should be discussed. If the student is having a hard time at home, because of conflicts with the parents or brothers and sisters, going to study away from home will come as an important benefit. The teacher should then try to convince the family (if needed) that it is in the best interest of all to take a step in that direction.

If the young adult simply wants to follow the current girlfriend/boyfriend, then they should be reminded that relationships can change quite rapidly and that they shouldn’t base their whole life on it.

If someone from school can help a student on their career path, they should do so. The future of kids and young adults should always remain a priority for all involved in the educational system.


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