How to increase your student’s interpersonal skills

Communication is a solid foundation for any learning student. It’s a founding skill that students must acquire in order to function in society and the future, both in the workforce and the classroom. The classroom environment is a great building block to establish the appropriate skills to be able to communicate and understand social cues and courtesies.

First things first, is to get those skills up and running at home. Encouraging students to express their opinions at home is the first sign for students to communicate. In having open discussion, free from judgement, students can recognise the importance in expressing their mind and thoughts. Translating the emotions and feelings that are swirling in their heads into words is a great skill to bring into the classroom.

Whilst there’s importance in ensuring students are comfortable to express their opinion, it’s just as important to make sure students utilise other methods of communication. Brainstorm with students or let them do the task independently. Let them consider the other techniques and strategies that people can decipher meaning from. Perhaps it’s visual in codes and symbols or other physical cues.

Hobbies and interests are a great way for students to develop communication and interpersonal skills whilst being surrounded by peers and others. Students participating in sport teaches a different kind of communication both on and off the field. Whilst joining a group or academic club, students are also able to find further techniques. Clubs like debating promote critical reasoning and articulating ideas, something all students can benefit from.

Identifying and practising empathy and relevant emotions is a vital lesson in developing interpersonal skills. Being empathetic allows for students to recognise what social cues to employ and when to employ them. This is an important aspect for students to advance their interpersonal skills.

Communicating with empathy and free of expression develops a confident and articulate student. This student is able to be concise and clear in the classroom and, down the track, in the workplace.