Balancing work, rest and play is an important skill which helps students to sustain a high level of performance over extended periods of time such as during the exam season. Often students focus predominantly on their academic life and neglect sufficient rest or leisure activities. However, incorporating rest, relaxation, sleep and play activities can enhance learning capacity and create resilience to stress. Students can benefit from assessing how they currently allocate their time between work, rest and play to evaluate if their life feels balanced. Adjusting the proportions of these three components can optimise wellbeing, better equip students to manage exam pressure and ultimately boost academic achievement. This workbook looks at how we can encourage students to buy-in to these ideas, especially where students may be highly driven and do not see their academic success as a function of their overall wellbeing.

Contents:

  • THE WORK, REST & PLAY PIE CHART
  • ACTIVITY ADD-ONS
  • FEELINGS AND REALITY
  • BALANCE NOW AND DURING EXAMS
  • THE BENEFITS OF PLAY
  • DEVELOPING SOFT SKILLS
  • REST AND RELAXATION
  • RESOURCES

Author – Lee Parker, Occupational Therapist, Cambridge Academic Performance
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