Academic Buoyancy C2

Academic Buoyancy C2

As discussed in first blog in this series, academic resilience is a key skill needed to get the most out of your tertiary education and beyond.

The Five Cs of Academic Buoyancy

You can improve your ability to bounce back by addressing the “five Cs:” composure, confidence, commitment, control, and coordination.

2. Confidence

Confidence is your belief in your own competence in a subject area.

For example, if you believe that mathematics is your strength, then you will see a low math score on a test as a temporary problem that can be fixed through review. If you see yourself as incompetent in math, you may see a low score as a reflection of your inability instead of as a prompt to practise more.

Endless rote practice of skills or memorising of basic facts is less effective for building student confidence than having a positive relationship with a lecturer who has set high expectations for achievement or who provides students with a realistic sense of their capabilities.


Watch out for our upcoming blogs on commitment, control, and coordination.


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Article adapted from one written by Astrid Helene Kendrick, Contract Instructor and Literacy Teacher, University of Calgary


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