Academic Wellness

As we all learned at the College Kick-Off last week, we will be focusing on five different areas of wellness in the wellness wheel: academic, emotional, financial, social, and physical. This week, we’ll focus on an aspect of wellness that is at the forefront of every collegian’s mind as we enter a new school year: academic!

Academic wellness is about expanding knowledge, utilizing support networks, and meeting your goals in the most efficient, low-stress way possible. Let’s talk about some strategies to enhance your academic wellness:

  • Back to Basics
    • Go to class! Attendance is key. Even professors who don’t take formal attendance notice who attends class and contributes to discussions.
    • Do the readings and your homework. There is a different between studying and doing homework. In addition to completing and submitting assignments, reading your texts, taking your own notes, and synthesizing information is key to academic success.
    • Meet deadlines and manage your time well. If you are struggling, call your Philadelphia Futures advisor or reach out to a campus resource.
  • Set Goals—and Meet Them!
    • Create a list of academic goals that are positive, meaningful, realistic, and specific.
    • Think about the big picture: how do your goals relate to your life’s bigger purpose? What are the ways in which academic success in college will help you build the future you want after you graduate?
    • Talk about it! Share your goals with friends and peers who can support you.
    • Review your goals list weekly, monthly, and each semester– and check off goals that you have achieved.
  • Use Your Resources
    • Stay in touch with your Philadelphia Futures advisor! Your advisor is one of your biggest allies and supporters throughout your college journey. Take advantage of all that Philadelphia Futures has to offer!
    • Get to know your school’s academic support center and tutoring center. They can help you strengthen your study skills and assist you with your most challenging classes.
    • Talk to your professors! Most professors are happy to take the extra time to work with you and answer your questions. When you ask questions, you’re showing off what a dedicated and engaged student you are!
  • Manage School-Related Stress
    • Schedule your study time in advance rather than cramming the night before a big exam.
    • Stay physically balanced by eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, and being active.
    • Work hard, but reward yourself with fun, relaxing activities like hanging out with friends.
    • Remember: nobody’s perfect!  Always do your best, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you experience a setback. You may just need to ask for help, refocus, or reevaluate your goals.

Stay well, collegians! Be sure to check back next week when we take a closer look at emotional wellness.

Adapted from: http://www.sfu.ca/students/health/resources/wellness/career-and-academic.html

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