By: Jeffrey Low
Losing track of coursework and readings. Not performing well on midterms, assignments and tests. Managing conflicting school and work commitments – and what about self-care? We all face these types of situations. And it’s okay to talk about them. In fact, discussing our problems can help us become more equipped and confident to take on whatever happens in the future.
Let’s start the conversation
Take the Student Success Quiz to check in with yourself
How are you feeling? What areas of your life as a student do you want to improve or address? Take the Student Success Quiz to get started. Then, you’ll receive tips and resources based on your results. Keep reading on this page for ways to build more resilience in your daily life.
Check out the Bounce podcast for resilience stories
If resilience is an important topic to you, we recommend checking out the Okanagan Committee’s Bounce podcast for diverse, real stories told by McMaster faculty and alumni about their experiences as students, with a vision to build campus-wide resilience. You’re not alone.
It’s not too late to improve
Dealing with academic setbacks
Developing your academic skills can help you get back on track. Plus, it can help you think ahead so you can take on that test, essay or group project with more confidence. Keep reading to discover skill-specific resources and tips to help you succeed.
Academic Skills Animated Series
Tip sheets (LibGuides)
- Academic Writing Templates and Checklists
- Choosing and Developing an Essay Topic
- Citing with Purdue OWL
- Eliminating Wordiness
- Lab Reports
- Quotation Integration
- Revising and Proofreading
- Thesis Statements
- University-Level Writing Expectations
- Writing Motivation
The Writing Centre
- Educational staff appointment: Guidance on learning processes and action planning (book on OSCARplus > Student Success Centre > Appointments > Academic Skills)
- Academic coaching: Skills development coaching
- Peer tutoring (Undergrad Peer Tutoring Network): Course-specific support
- Writing support (The Writing Centre): General writing advising and skills development
Dealing with career pressures and managing work
When it comes to your career and professional life, know that you don’t have to have everything figured out. It’s okay to change your mind, no matter where you are in your career journey. The fact is, being open to new and unexpected opportunities is an important part of the career planning process. This is a crucial component in the Planned Happenstance theory, as developed by John Krumboltz, Al Levin and Kathleen Mitchell.
Try the Career Planning Notebook to keep track of your options, progress and any changes that you might make in your developing career plan.
- Career-Ready Skills (PDF)
- Cover Letter Tips (PDF)
- Interview Workbook (PDF)
- Networking Workbook (PDF)
- Part-Time Job Search Tips (PDF)
- Resume Sample (PDF)
- Resume Tips (PDF)
- Resume Workbook (PDF)
- Salary Negotiation Tips (PDF)
- Summer Job Search (PDF)
- Top 10 LinkedIn Tips (PDF)
- Virtual Interview Tips (PDF)
- Virtual Job Search (PDF)