Your student's individual and collective well-being is vital during this global health crisis as we experience a daily cascading of health report updates and uncertainty in all dimensions of our lives. During this at-risk time, it’s important that your student be proactive in taking care of their health.
Check out these tips from the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and other Mason services to support you and your Mason student's well-being.
It's vital for your student to tend to their individual and collective well-being during this global health crisis as they experience a daily cascading of health report updates and uncertainty in all dimensions of their lives. During this at-risk time, it’s important for students to be proactive in taking care of their health. Research shows that being in nature boosts both health and psychological well-being. Some activities they can do to be out in nature can be walking or sitting in a park, reading a book outside, or tending to a garden.
The Writing Center offers free writing assistance to all Mason students. Undergraduate and graduate students serve as tutors to help your student through all stages of their writing process. Although face-to-face tutoring is not offered currently, your student has the option to choose between online or video tutoring. Additionally, if your student has a disability or is an ESOL program, there is specialized support available.
If tutoring is not what you student needs, encourage them to consider a Writing Center workshop. Every semester, they offer 5 to 6 workshops on varying topics such as how to begin a draft, revisions, and punctuation. There are also guides on the Writing Center website with resources ranging from research-based writing, how to properly cite, and grammar.
To schedule an asynchronous or synchronous appointment, visit writingcenter.gmu.edu and click Register if your student is a first-time visitor.
Collectively, your students are experiencing rapid change combined with almost paralyzing ambiguity and large-scale tragedy. This challenging time calls for resilience in every aspect of their lives. They have had no choice but to adapt, and although it feels uncomfortable, adapting is actually what they are made to do. Small wins are demonstrations of resilience in action, even when it doesn’t look good. Resilience is a marathon and not a sprint. Students are building their capacity to succeed daily, despite these adverse circumstances.
Your student can see their resilience in action by reflecting on the past two weeks and identifying the challenges they faced, their wins, losses, and the lessons they learned. What helped them have better days? Was it walking the dog, binge watching a favorite tv show, or chatting with a friend? Encourage them to incorporate more of these activities going forward to strengthen their resilience.
Learning Services provides Mason students with peer academic coaching, academic workshops, and online learning resources. They offer free experience-based learning opportunities through either their Online Academic Coaching and Virtual Academic Success Workshops. The Virtual Academic Success Workshop schedule is available on Mason360 and includes workshops such as Exam Strategies, How to Study for Online Courses, Managing Academic Anxiety, Scheduling & Time Management, among many others.
If your student is interested in one-on-one assistance, individual academic coaching is also available. This coaching program gives students strategies to improve their academic performance and help them stay on tasks with their assignments. Academic coaching is free for all Mason students.
Participating in physical activity has become a big challenge for students spending more hours at home and in their residence halls than usual. But physical fitness is essential to managing the fear, sadness, and boredom they may be experiencing. While some students may not have access to fitness equipment, they can still participate in physical activity such as walking or running outside, doing full body stretches, and avoiding sitting for long periods of time.
Tutoring is a helpful addition to the traditional learning process, and fortunately, many academic majors are offering virtual tutoring for Mason students. Many of these services require students to be enrolled in specific classes. If your student is not enrolled in the proper class, but needs academic support, encourage them to reach out to their professors or academic departments.