Addressing Student Stress At The End Of The Semester

Health Promotion: Addressing Student Stress at the End of the Semester

This blog post is the second in a series of posts from NDSU Health Promotion. With the understanding that students’ health and well-being affect every facet of their lives, including their academic performance, we have created a series of posts with information and practical tips for faculty to promote health and well-being in their classroom. For each topic in the series, we asked our peer educators—the Body Project, Healthy Herd Champions, and Violence Prevention Educators—to provide us with their point of view as students, and we have incorporated their feedback throughout each post.

This post focuses on addressing student stress at the end of the semester, while a future post will focus on addressing student stress at the beginning of the semester.

Student Stress During Dead Week and Finals
As we head into the end of the semester, we know that student stress often rises as we move closer to dead week and finals week. This semester students report that they are feeling more stress than ever due to the challenges of attending college while surviving a global pandemic, and we know that will only intensify in the coming weeks. Continue reading “Addressing Student Stress At The End Of The Semester”

Burnout: How To Avoid It, How To Overcome It.

burnout: how to avoid it, how to overcome it.

In the past, I have written here about how to take care of yourself during the pandemic.  As co-chairs of the mental health committee of the President’s Council for Campus Well-being, Emily Fraizer and I have shared information with the campus-community about surge capacity and how to deal with your surge capacity being challenged.

Today, I want to talk about what happens when these areas of stress continue for a length of time and intensity that they begin to overwhelm.  In other words, what is burnout, how can you avoid it, and how can you best deal with it if it happens to you? Continue reading “Burnout: How To Avoid It, How To Overcome It.”

How do we promote health and well-being in the classroom?

girl resting with hot beverage

This series of blog posts from NDSU Health Promotion will explore how faculty can promote health and well-being from the classroom. Before we begin, we want to give a brief overview of NDSU Health Promotion’s mission and values. NDSU Health Promotion, within Student Health Service, engages the broader campus community to inform, educate and empower students to make healthy decisions that enhance their success and well-being. We understand the reciprocal relationship between health and learning, and we partner with other NDSU services and resources to foster a campus climate that supports health and well-being.

Health Promotion Peer Education Groups

One of the many ways we do this is through our peer education groups. Peer educators are students who serve as leaders and role models to fellow students and encourage others to make responsible and healthy lifestyle choices. There are three peer education groups in Health Promotion, each with their own focus on specific aspects of well-being.

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Supporting Students’ Introduction to Research

raised handAs a librarian, I’m often asked to visit classes in advance of research assignments, usually to discuss topics related to finding scholarly sources of information. A few years ago, I started asking a simple question when visiting classes at the 100 or 200 level: How many of you have read a scholarly journal article before? While the number of raised hands I saw would vary, I can’t say that it ever surpassed 50% of the students in the room.

Making the transition to the expectations of college research is a significant hurdle students face in acclimating to academic work. They’re asked to use an unfamiliar type of literature, with its own idiosyncratic customs and system of organization, and which is best discovered using its own unique search tools.

Bearing these realities in mind, below are a few tips to help provide students with a supportive, inclusive introduction to research at the college level.

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What is Teacher Immediacy?

What is teacher immediacy?

What if your students’ college success depends on you? Not the collective “you”, but the specific, personal, individual you?

What if you could raise your students’ high school grades retroactively? What if you could raise the scores of their entrance exams? What if you could make them better prepared for college success?

This is crazy. It’s impossible to raise your students’ scores or grades from high school. As predictors of college success, they are important college entrance requirements, but there is nothing you can do about them. True, but there is one more factor that is just as significant in predicting student success; one not considered by admissions. Continue reading “What is Teacher Immediacy?”

Caring for Yourself in Uncertain Times

Caring for Yourself in Uncertain Times

For most of us, what was considered our normal daily way of life has changed dramatically over the past few weeks. Schools have gone to on-line instruction, people are being told to use social distancing and to shelter in place, and restaurants have been forced to close. These changes are bound to lead to a variety of intense feelings for many of us, with those people already suffering from anxiety and other mental health concerns likely to have more difficulties coping during this crisis. Continue reading “Caring for Yourself in Uncertain Times”