A holistic approach to student well being…
Study Simpler was founded on the belief that academic well-being must be approached from a holistic standpoint, engaging students with curriculum and interventions that can be personally tailored by educators to dovetail nicely with each student’s academic individuality.
The acronym SIMPLER was devised as a means of providing continuity to a holistic model of academic well-being through an easy to remember mnemonic that covers seven domains of the most influential factors that contribute to student success: Space, Identity, Method, Pace, Loyalty, Energy, and Resources. Academic well-being, like so many other aspects of our lives, is so intrinsically connected to countless other areas of our functioning that attempting to compartmentalize the academic-self is essentially futile. Environmental influences, social distractions, and physiological considerations are just a small start to the list of influences that can make or break a student’s academic career. The philosophy of Study Simpler extends directly from this recognition that, like a car engine, students have many complexly interconnected components that must work in concert for them to achieve momentum.
The seven categories of the Study Simpler model make up the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of academic engagement. Within these seven main categories, each of which comprises the contents of an entire chapter within the Study Simpler book, endless topics can be discussed with students to provide a snapshot of relevant and effective principles of academic engagement.
Simplifying academic well-being using this more holistic approach provides adaptive and interpersonal interventions that are suitable for use in any number of settings, including lectures, advising appointments, mentoring sessions, tutoring sessions, residence hall meetings, chapter meetings, orientation classes, athletic advising appointments, leadership seminars, and supplemental instruction groups.
Rather than supplanting more formalized approaches to student well-being, this model seeks to empower educators to embrace a culture of academic well-being that can transform both institutions and the students they serve.
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