Signs of Intellectual Wellness
- Development of good study skills and time management.
- Ability to challenge yourself to see all sides of an issue.
- Becoming a critical thinker.
- Development of your own ideas, views and opinions.
- Exposing yourself to new ideas, people and beliefs that are different from your own.
- Becoming aware of who you are and what you value.
Enhance Intellectual Wellness
Improve Study Skills
- Review study materials within 24 hours of class to keep it fresh in your memory.
- Take notes while you read and while in class, and focus on more than what is written on the board.
- Form a study group session with other people in your class.
- Study in a quiet environment that will not distract you.
- Color coding helps trigger memory — keep one topic per color.
- Find innovative ways to study that work for you.
Improve Time Management
- Make a "To Do" list that allows you to cross off completed tasks as you go.
- Prioritize tasks in order of importance and tackle the most important first.
- Learn to say "no" to social activities sometimes — remember what is important to get done.
- Cut work hours. Money is important, but working too much can cut into your study time.
- Multitask within your limits.
- Learn there is more than one way to do something.
- There isn't always a "right" answer, but sometimes multiple answers.
- Stay open-minded to new ideas, insights, thoughts, expressions and values.
- Expose yourself to difference.
Improve Critical Thinking
- Be actively engaged in conversation, readings and classrooms — think about what is happening.
- Ask questions to yourself or others as you reflect.
- Challenge the norm; don't take an answer for what it is without agreeing upon it yourself.
- Find patterns and connections to examples that relate to your life.
- Keep your brain active, thinking, and questioning. Try fun brain teasers.