Want Students to Learn the mental game? Have Them Teach It. Learning by teaching has many benefits not limited to the comprehension of the mental game, this group lesson plan strategy also helps students develop essential emotional skills. Charting peers & explaining their findings opens the doors to new mental/emotional skills awareness for the athlete as well as critical opponent recognition-called opponent profiling. In addition to learning content, teaching exposes group communication skills, belief in themselves, and most important -confidence. If athletes feel confident enough to explain it to someone else, they’re on their way to improved competitive self-efficacy. Learning by teaching increases your athletes competitive match skills as well as essential character trait building.