Helping younger students explore their strengths
Pragati notes that BridgeU has been very useful for Year 9 and 10 students who are in the earlier stages of the school’s guidance programme. Middle years students at Aga Khan Hyderabad have enjoyed using the Strategy Adviser to reflect on their personal & academic strengths and thinking about how they can build on their existing skill-set in the years leading up to university application.
The Strategy Adviser takes students through a 3-step process to list their experiences, interests and extracurricular activities, and they are then shown how these might demonstrate the personal qualities that universities in different countries are looking for.
Pragati explains that Aga Khan Hyderabad students use their strategy report to “give them an idea of where they need to build & consolidate their strengths, and where they need to put in more work.” The counseling team at Aga Khan has also used tailored lesson plans in the BridgeU Help Centre to encourage students to set goals for building on their strengths and experiences, which will in turn help with university application.
Pragati and her team have also found the Writing Builder tool to be useful for focusing students’ minds around university preparation. The Writing Builder gives Aga Khan students valuable insights into:
- What a university application essay looks like.
- Annotated examples of essays for universities in countries like the US and UK.
- How they can organise their personal experiences to meet the expectations of different institutions.
Because Aga Khan Hyderabad is an IB World School, the Writing Builder also helps students to reflect on how the experiences and activities they undertake through the CAS programme might be useful in essays such as the UCAS Personal Statement.
Overall, Pragati says that she has found BridgeU has enabled Aga Khan to better align its guidance programme through the Middle Years of the IB and into the Diploma Programme. This encourages students to think about a university and guidance strategy much earlier in their school life. Pragati notes that “students don’t see guidance as two isolated processes, it is one journey.”