Some students, regardless of intention, well developed goals, or intellectual capacity will have trouble meeting their academic objectives.
Many factors may impact academic persistence and success for students; anxiety, depression, feeling a lack of purpose, changing career interests, difficulties in self-regulating learning tasks, and executive functioning challenges, all may contribute to students underperforming academically.
Establishing an understanding what is impeding an individual’s academic success is important for determining relevant supports and a viable approach that empowers the learner.
Academic counselling may focus on:
-Exploring academic strengths and weaknesses, and enhancing self-awareness and understanding to realise what gets in the way of meeting academic goals and deadlines
-Developing strategies for managing anxiety and/or moods and mindset to enable learning and to maximise executive functions
-Learning about how to strengthen executive function skills. Executive functioning skills are what we need to help us plan and organise activities, sustain attention, and persist to complete tasks. In addition, executive function skills allow us to make decisions, shift between situations and thoughts, regulate our emotions and impulsivity, and monitor our thoughts, in order to work efficiently and effectively
Academic counselling can take place in person at the office, over the phone, or on video calls. The frequency and length of academic counselling sessions depend on the individual, and will be decided on collaboratively.