Academic Buoyancy

Tertiary exams require application skills

Academic Buoyancy


As you reflect on your exams, you may encounter a poor grade or negative feedback from a lecturer.

How do you respond to these setbacks?

Post Exam Resilience

Academic buoyancy is your ability to rebound from these disappointments - recognising that they are temporary and that feedback is a necessary part of learning, not the end of the world.

Looking Forward

Australian psychologists Andrew Martin and Herbert Marsh proposed that building your academic buoyancy is one way to help promote long term resilience.

Academic buoyancy has been linked to another psychological construct –workplace buoyancy. Students who are able to rebound effectively from daily "school-based" challenges are also better equipped to face workplace challenges.

Regardless of the profession, employees and employers face uncertainty and stressful situations they need to deal with effectively each day.

Buoyant adults are persistent, feel control over their professional growth and are confident in their ability to execute their daily tasks. They effectively plan ahead to meet deadlines. Adults who are effective members of the workforce have practised these skills during their academic years.

Improve Your Buoyancy

What can you do to more effectively deal with daily setbacks in varsity and navigate everyday stress?

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

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