Academic wellness encompasses all things school, time, and graduation. It includes satisfaction in your program, performance in classes, relationships with instructors, and progress toward graduation. Academic wellness can give you a sense of drive and purpose. This can enhance your academic performance and overall satisfaction with your schooling. When you get the elements of academic wellness on track, you begin a beautiful upward cycle of improved satisfaction and performance.
Tips for Building Academic Wellness
Burnout is characterized by a sense of exhaustion, cynicism, and lack of accomplishment. It can occur in situations of chronic stress or pressure and infrequent positive feedback or opportunities for achievement. When you add the heightened expectations, comparisons, and increased time being "on" that students often experience to the picture, it's no surprise that increasing numbers of students describe themselves as overwhelmed with all they have to do. Burnout is a consequence of these conditions that can impact performance and satisfaction in your work.
Learn how to identify and prevent burnout to boost your academic experience with these articles and tools:
A mentor is someone you trust as a guide through college, work, or life. A mentor can be a person you have a relationship with, such as an upperclassman or faculty member, but you can also look to resources like books, podcasts, or membership sites for expert guidance.
How to find a mentor:
- Pay attention to who you like to be around and those you'd like to be like.
- Look for mentoring programs in campus clubs and organizations.
- Browse for books, podcasts, or TED talks that speak to you. It's your chance to hear someone's best thinking on a specific topic.
- Build a mental team of advisors and ask yourself what they would suggest when you're in a challenging situation.
- Create a mastermind with peers. Consider the people in your life with a similar drive and how you could support each other toward your goals.
Get to know your mentor:
When you find someone, make a point of getting to know them on a deeper level. You might drop by their office hours or ask to meet briefly over coffee to learn more about their journey. Continue to invest in the relationship, but let it grow organically. Putting too much pressure on the situation can leave both parties feeling frustrated or burned out.
Explore these articles and resources to learn more about finding a mentor or starting your own mastermind group:
- Getting to Know Your College Professors
- How to Start and Run a Mastermind Group
- How to Find (and Keep) a Mentor in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps
Mentorship and Peer Support Resources for Arizona Students:
Build a sustainable schedule to stay on track. Begin with consistent sleep, wake, and meal times. From there, block out times for class, study, and leisure. Be sure to include time for your top priorities for school and wellness.
Write it down.
To reduce the mental toll of juggling everything in your head, use a calendar or planner. Of course, these tools are only as useful as your consistency using them, so set aside regular time for updates and review.
Make a schedule.
To keep all the small, random tasks from overwhelming you, make a list and schedule a time for them to be complete. It can help to set aside a regular time every week for taking care of random or daily living tasks. Schedule non-academic due dates just as you would exams to keep them from catching you by surprise. Include things like membership fee deadlines, car maintenance, and medical appointments.
Explore these articles and resources to learn more about taking charge of your time and schedule:
Take a step back to assess how you learn and study best. Pay attention to the way you naturally understand and remember new concepts and the way you recall information on an exam. Notice how you use your senses when learning. Do you get more out of listening to instructions vs. reading them? Do you like the be hands-on in your learning? What about studying with others?
When you get to know how you learn best, you can tailor your study skills to better meet your unique needs. Explore these tools and resources to support how you learn best:
Make the most of your learning style.
- Adapt Your Study Strategy to Your Learning Style
- Best Study Techniques for Your Learning Style
- Learning Style Assessments and Study Tips
- Overview of VARK Learning Styles
Make your notes and planner work for you.
Learning Resources for Arizona Students
We've been told "there are no stupid questions," but that doesn't always make it easy to reach out for help when we're struggling. Many students feel reluctant to ask questions in class or attend office hours for fear of being judged or criticized by classmates and instructors. Asking for help is hard sometimes, but it's also an important step in improving your academic wellness. In fact, research indicates that early corrective feedback is a key factor in mastering many academic tasks.
Explore these resources for tips on asking for academic help and building a closer relationship with your instructors:
Resources for Your Academic Wellness
Organization and Focus Support
Tools for Neurodiverse Students
- ADDitude Magazine ADHD Tools
- Learning Disabilities Association of America Resources for Adults
- Neurodiversity Hub Resources for College Students and Young Adults
- Understood by Us Tips for Students Who Learn & Think Differently
View more community resources recommended by the Disability Resource Center.
Try Binaural Beats for Focus
Binaural beats are a form of sound wave therapy in which the right and left ear receive different frequencies and the brain perceives one tone. Studies on binaural beats show that they can be effective at reducing anxiety, inducing a meditative state, enhancing relaxation, and improving attention.
Explore the right beats for you:
- Binaural Meditation Music
- Brainwave Music
- Free Binaural Beats Streaming on Gaia
- Greenred Productions
- Magnetic Minds
Find out more about binaural beats and research on health benefits:
Campus Resources for Academic Wellness
Advising Resource Center
Academic resources and tools for students at every stage of their academic career.
Disability Resource Center (DRC)
In addition to facilitating individual accommodations, the DRC works proactively to impact the systemic design of our campus environments to be seamlessly accessible, reducing or eliminating the need for individual accommodations or modifications.
DRC Services include:
The Think Tank aims to empower University of Arizona students by providing a positive environment where they can master the skills needed to become successful lifelong learners.
Think Tank services include:
The Thrive Center serves students who have been historically underrepresented on college campuses, are low-income, and/or are first-generation college students. Their mission is to enhance students' wellness in and out of the classroom.
Thrive Center resources include:
More than just shelves of books, the university libraries offer quiet spaces, equipment and technology, and tons of tips to improve your research papers.
Explore these library services and resources:
Our Favorite Sites and Resources for Wellness