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Choosing the right path: Why subject selection matters for student success

ByKevin Brady, New Delhi
Mar 08, 2024 02:32 PM IST

It is important to have a holistic approach to subject selection and move beyond grades to consider each student's unique strengths, talents, and aspirations.

For students entering higher grades, choosing the right subject stream is a crucial decision with a lasting impact. It shapes their academic journey, lays the foundation for future careers, and can influence their overall happiness and fulfillment.

For students entering higher grades, choosing the right subject stream is a crucial decision with a lasting impact. (Santosh Kumar )
For students entering higher grades, choosing the right subject stream is a crucial decision with a lasting impact. (Santosh Kumar )

Understanding the Importance

Imagine a student with a natural talent for writing and storytelling being forced into a science stream dominated by numbers and formulas. Their passion for language would likely be stifled, leading to decreased motivation and performance.

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This is the unfortunate reality for many students facing pressure to choose subjects based on external factors rather than their own interests and abilities. Hence it is important that students explore various interests and subjects through student leadership opportunities in school, student clubs and other co-curricular opportunities.

At Heritage Xperiential Learning School (HXLS), the team emphasises on finding the right opportunities from the early years, so that students can develop diverse interests and ultimately choose the subjects that they feel will help fuel their passions further.

A Holistic Approach

It is important to have a holistic approach to subject selection and move beyond grades and test scores to consider each student's unique strengths, talents, and aspirations.

Guiding Students and Families

The decision-making process shouldn't be a solitary one. The process of supporting students to make the right subject choices should be collaborative, incorporating discussions with students and their families. Our consulting psychologist, college counselling and psychological counselling teams work closely with students and families to understand their individual needs and goals. This personalised approach ensures that subject choices are aligned with each student's unique potential, not just external expectations.

Beyond the Data

While data analysis can be helpful in identifying a student's strengths and weaknesses, it should not the sole factor in determining the subjects. Going beyond the numbers, our Course Selection Committee delves deeper, considering a student's passions, motivations, and long-term aspirations. This ensures that choices are driven by intrinsic interest and genuine potential, not just academic performance.

Choosing the right subject stream unlocks a cascade of benefits, both in the classroom and beyond. As their talents are nurtured, they develop a strong sense of accomplishment and confidence, which fuels their curiosity and desire to learn deeper.

This joy of learning propels them to excel in their chosen fields, often exceeding initial expectations. Beyond academics, choosing the right path positively impacts a child's social and emotional well-being. When their interests align with their studies, the pressure to conform melts away, replaced by a sense of belonging and connection within their academic community.

This positive environment nurtures well-rounded individuals, confident in their unique talents and equipped to navigate life's challenges with resilience and optimism. Ultimately, choosing the right subject stream lays the foundation for a fulfilling future.

Armed with relevant skills and knowledge, students are empowered to pursue their desired careers. Acceptance into colleges and universities that resonate with their aspirations becomes a natural progression, not a distant hope and they can embark on a journey of lifelong learning.

(Authored by Kevin Brady, Head Senior Programme, Heritage Xperiential Learning School. Views are personal)

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