Social and Emotional Skills Development


Social and emotional skills are interpersonal skills that are important for students for a better learning, expressing themselves to others, personality development, and improving academics too (Khan, A., 2017). The COS Student Success Center provides students with training for skills that have proven to help students succeed in college. We begin by evaluating each student and guide to improve their social and emotional skills.


Angela Duckswoth defines grit as the passion and perseverance for long-term goals. This passion and perseverance helps the student not only overcome obstacles/challenges faced in college, but in life as well. Individuals with high grit remain motivated and determined to achieve their goals.

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Defined as the collection of thoughts and beliefs that shape the way you think, Dr. Carolyn Dweck had discovered two types of mindsets: growth and fixed.


In a fixed mindset, individuals believe that their basic qualities (like their intelligence or talent) are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them, avoid challenges, avoid failures, and give up easily. They also believe in the false accusation that talent alone creates success — without effort. With this type of mindset, individuals tend to fail at achieving goals and deter what they may actually be capably of.

In a growth mindset, individuals on the other hand believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point. These individuals are able to accept challenges, have the ability to learn new things, and learn from failure. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments. With this type of mindset, individuals are better able to succeed at their goals since they never give up, no matter the circumstances. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

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Metacognition may sound like a fancy word. It is defined, though, as being self-aware and understanding of one’s own thought processes. In other words, individuals practice self-reflection on future goals, what actions to take, strategies to use, and on their results. Students who develop metacognition are successful in college because the knowledge and skills acquired while taking a class are seen in the context of present and future goals. Another advantage of developing metacognitive skills is that students are able to transfer the skills and knowledge from one class to another.

Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional Intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. It includes a set of five different emotional skills that are considered key components of Emotional Intelligence: self awareness, self regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.

All of these skills together help influence the way we cope with challenges. Emotional intelligence is essential for personal happiness and well-being. It helps our capacity to know our strengths and weaknesses which one could apply in their studying habits or career search. Further, it helps us to challenge our mistaken assumptions and self-defeating beliefs objectively which in turn helps individuals to have a more open mindset.