Academic Buoyancy C4

Academic Buoyancy C4

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:” composureconfidence, commitment, control, and coordination.

4. Control 

You need to believe that you can achieve better outcomes in the future, and that YOU have the ability to overcome daily challenges. Because your future learning is within your control, a low grade or critical feedback does not impact your ability to improve your overall achievement.

When you acknowledge that you control your ability to learn, you recognise that having a low grade can be remedied through changing your approach to studying or meeting with your lecturer to gain deeper understanding into the course concepts.

When you attribute your failure to an external force, you give over your power, and might not take the necessary steps to improve your grades. Rather than seeking ways to improve your understanding of a topic, you might blame your parents, the lecturer, or the educational system for the failure to thrive.


Watch out for our final blog in this series - on 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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