Learning inevitably involves change of some sort. Change challenges us to let go of what we are familiar with and accept new challenges and opportunities for growth. In so doing, change usually brings a level of discomfort which we can experience as stress or tension. This stress is not always apparent to us, but the constant and cumulative impact of the small stressors can add up to big impact. The important thing to consider, here, is that it’s not about whether frustrating, stressful situations will happen to you or not (because they will!) - it’s about our ability to cope with these situations and use them productively to achieve positive outcomes.
This section of the website provides some strategies for maximising learning experiences. Three areas that students and staff often comment on are:
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