Term 2, Issue 2: Student Wellbeing | Siena College
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Nurturing Academic Stamina

“Stamina involves sustained effort, perseverance, and resilience. We never give up.”

Brunzel et al., 2019

Over the coming weeks, our Wellness program will focus on nurturing the academic stamina our students require, in order to experience success during periods of assessment, whilst effectively managing their wellbeing. By building an individual’s capacity for a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, resilience and independent learning, we can develop our students’ ability to persevere when they are experiencing stress. As educators, our daily practices around checking in with students, communicating the virtues of making mistakes, changing counterproductive thoughts into resilient ones and challenging beliefs, are all ways we can help our students develop their learning stamina.

This week we focussed on building stamina for independent learning. Our Year 9 and 10 students participated in a session on productive exam preparation, which took them through a range of ways they can continue to revise for their upcoming assessments. Our Year 11 students looked at the importance of wellbeing support whilst preparing for examinations. Sleep, organisation and time management were the three areas they looked at in detail. There were lots of discussion around procrastination and ways to combat distractions arising from devices and social media.

New research has shown that employing the ‘3-Minute Rule’ for procrastination can lead to enough momentum to see a task through to completion. As a start, give yourself a target of three minutes. This will help to break an avoidance mindset and once the initial three minutes has passed, chances are you will be continuing with your task!

See below for some helpful apps to help students manage their use of devices, particularly during times of assessment and revision.

For procrastination and distraction:

  • App Detox
  • Forest
  • Freedom

For planning and timetabling:

  • Finish
  • Lanes
  • Todolist

For sleep and wellbeing:

  • Smiling Mind
  • Headspace
  • Calm
  • Yours App

Minna Jewell

Director of Students
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