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Activities and Exercises - Advising

Many of the activities listed are from Gallup's StrengthsQuest web site.  The referenced resources are available to the general public unless otherwise noted.  The page number and name of the resources will be given for each activity so that you can go directly to the particular activity to see the details. This page contains copyright content from Gallup, Inc. Used with permission. Gallup®, StrengthsQuest®, Clifton StrengthsFinder® and the 34 Clifton StrengthsFinder theme names and descriptions are trademarks of Gallup, Inc. All rights reserved.


60 in 60!: Creating Moments That Matter
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This document contains 60 different ideas for Strengths-based activities you could use with students. The majority of these activities work best in group situations versus 1:1 situation such as advising or career counseling/ coaching. The activities can take as little as 60 seconds or up to 60 minutes to complete.

Academic Action Items
Page 55A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

In this activity, students continue to move from reflection and evaluation to application and apply theme-specific strategies to achieve academic success. This activity is a great tool for advisors or career counselors.

Academic Action Items II
Page 56A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity asks student to look at all the academic action items rather than focusing on the specific sections. This activity is a great tool for advisors or career counselors.

Career Exploration Guide
Resource is on South Mountain Community College''s web site

This Guide can be used to use your Strengths to explore careers.

Class Selection
Page 59A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity shows how to apply knowledge of their talents and strengths to decision making - specifically choosing classes. This activity is a great tool for advisors or career counselors.

Degrees of Talent/ Owning My Strengths
Page 22A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity asks students to recognize the personal difficulties associated with affirming their own themes of talent.

Envisioning Excellence
Page 46A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity asks students to define excellence in their academic lives.

Five Clues to Academic Talent
Page 53A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

In this activity, students are asked to consider five questions designed to unearth revealing clues about talent and evaluate their general academic goals in light of their talents and strengths, as well as other personal qualities and external considerations.

Get Engaged (On & Off Campus) Guide

This Guide can be used to learn more about ways to use your Top 5 to find engagement opportunities that are a good fit for you!

How Do I Use My Top 5 Guide
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This Guide can be used to learn more about the Strengths philosophy, the StrengthsFinder assessment and your own Top 5

I Do it With Ease
Page 54A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

In this activity, students begin to move from reflection and evaluation to application and apply theme-specific strategies to achieve academic success.

Intensify Strength
Page 38A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity will help students begin to actively develop their talent.

International Students Guide

This Guide can be used to learn more about the Strengths philosophy and how to use your Strengths as a international student at West Texas A&M University.

Is There A Shadow Side to a Strengths-Based Perspective?
Page 83A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity asks students to consider the implications to the application of talents in a negative way.

Job Searching Guide
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This Guide can be used to find ways to use Strengths in your resume, cover letter, interviewing, job search, and elevator pitch.

Join the Club
Page 60A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity assists students in evaluating academic and cocurricular opportunities in light of their talents and strengths. This activity is a great tool for advisors or career counselors.

Major Exploration Guide
Chapters 10 and 11 from the online StrengthsQuest book. Session 12 from Journey Towards Excellence StrengthsQuest for the First-year Experience material found on the public StrengthsQuest folder on WTAMU's G-Drive.

This Guide can be used to learn more about how to use your Strengths during the major exploration process.

Making the Most of Your Engagement Guide

This Guide can be used to find ways to use your Strengths to lead stronger and get the most out of your engagement on and off campus.

Moving Beyond Barrier Labels
Page 85A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity is designed to help students think about how they can maximize the positive nature of talents by managing the barrier labels that people often place upon talents.

Myth Smashing Guide

This Guide can be used to learn more about the Strengths philosophy, the StrengthsFinder assessment and your own Top 5

NACADA Strengths Based Advising

Open web site that has several resources for advisers to use. 

Realizing My Potential
Page 36A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity helps students integrate the elements of strength development: talent, skills, and knowledge. Specifically, students identify what talents, skills, and knowledge are required to complete three tasks. This process will help students begin to develop a model of how they can consciously apply their talents to develop strength.

Relationships and Teams Guide
Page 30A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This Guide can be used to learn how you can use your Strengths in your partnerships with others.

Secret of My Success
Page 21A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity asks students to identify examples of how their themes of talent have contributed to past success.

Setting Your Academic Course
Page 47A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity asks students to evaluate their general academic goals in light of their talents and strengths, as well as other personal qualities and external considerations.

Strengths + Engagement = Finding Your Major

This workbook helps students connect strengths to engagement opportunities and then to majors. The exercise could be used in classes, advising appointments, career counseling appointments, or students could do the series of activities on their own.

Studying and Academic Success Guide
Sessions 1-4 and 11 from the Journey Towards Excellence StrengthsQuest First Year Experience material located in the StrengthsQuest Public folder on WTAMU's G-Drive.  Additional content is available in Chapter 7 of the StrengthsQuest online book.

This Guide can be used for tips about how to use your Strengths to make the most out of your study time, as well as how you can use your Strengths to achieve your academic goals.

Talent Development
Page 37A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

In this activity, students are asked to consciously create a strategy to develop one of their Signature Themes. It is imperative that the instructor provide students with timely feedback concerning their efforts to develop their talents.

Talent, Theme, and Strength
Page 7A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

This activity helps students understand and develop a common language in which they can discuss natural talents and the development and application of strength.

Talent-Based Studying
Page 57A from the StrengthsQuest™ Activity Workbook

In this activity, students continue to move from reflection and evaluation to application and appreciate the role their talents and strengths play in making them their own best educator and learner.

 

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