Successful Student Transitions - A Time to Thrive

by Louise Wiles and Elizabeth Gillies

Life is full of change and resulting periods of transition. For students, some of life’s big transitions begin as they move through education and then on to work, higher education, university and independent living. Learning how to thrive through these early transitions provides invaluable skills for future change and transition. This podcast shares insights and strategies to help students thrive in a world where change is t ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 7

  • Exam Stress vs Future Success: How to Shift Your Mindset for Positive Outcomes: PART ONE

    Exam Stress vs Future Success: How to Shift Your Mindset for Positive Outcomes: PART ONE

    It's that time of year again, all over the UK students are beginning to revise for upcoming exams and assessments. Today we start a two-part series on the subject of assessments and exams. This Episode is all about understanding exam stress, where it sits with you and introducing ideas for calming heightened levels of stress or arousal. The second episode, Episode 66 will be about introducing other helpful strategies for managing yourself through times of exams and assessments. In this episode we discuss: The Yerkes and Dodson explanation of stress arousal levels and the inverted U shaped curve. We talk about stress being a normal and necessary response to a requirement to perform and what contributes to creating an optimal state. What it feels like to move away from the optimal state and the impact our thinking can have on increasing stress levels beyond the optimal zone. We introduce a very simple but effective way to help create distance and perspective in relation to our thoughts. Why a double sided coin is a great analogy for understanding why we feel heightened levels of arousal. A mnemonic for thinking about thoughts – THINK, listen to discover more... Why we have a lot more control over our emotions than we think.

  • Season 6

  • Student Voices & Cultural Agility - A Framework for Thriving Cultural Transitions

    Student Voices & Cultural Agility - A Framework for Thriving Cultural Transitions

    "Cultural Agility is the ability to comfortably and effectively work in different countries and with people from different cultures" Paula Caligiuri Cultural transitions occur when we move between countries but also when we move from one environment to another such as from school, college and home life to university. In this episode we discuss the six competencies highlighted by Paula Caligiuri in her book 'Build Your Cultural Agility' and apply them to the university transition. For each we draw on the experience of the students in our Student Voices series to illustrate the competencies in action. A great listen for anyone moving to a new and novel situation/environment and wanting to consider the skills and competencies that will help them to adjust and settle well - all brought to life by the wisdom shared in our student voices series.

  • Voices In Transition - Student Voices, Marianne

    Voices In Transition - Student Voices, Marianne

    Welcome to the next episode of Student Voices. In this episode Elizabeth speaks to Isis, a first year university student, about her journey so far. It is a great conversation full of insights and helpful tips for students about to embark on their university journey. Listen if you are a first year university student reflecting on your experience so far, you are in your exam or gap year thinking about a move to university. Also a helpful listen for parents and student counsellors/wellbeing advisors. They discuss: The value of visiting and getting a feel for the university and city environment as part of the preparation process. Tips on making friends, listen as Marianne shares her approach and recognition that it is not always easy. Factors that can contribute to overwhelm and what to do to manage and prevent it from building up. The challenge and benefit of living between two homes. The positive payback of doing more to build your social connections and involvement at university.

  • Voices in Transition - Student Voices: Isis

    Voices in Transition - Student Voices: Isis

    Welcome to the next episode of Student Voices. In this episode Elizabeth speaks to Isis, a first year university student, about her journey so far. It is a great conversation full of insights and helpful tips for students about to embark on their university journey. Listen if you are a first year university student reflecting on your experience so far, you are in your A level or gap year thinking about a move to university, and also a helpful listen for parents and student counsellors/wellbeing advisors. They discuss: Isis's shares her ideas for preparing for a good start. The importance of friends and building a solid friendship base. The bittersweet experience of going home. What caused Isis to struggle and what she did to help herself. Getting into the academics and asking for help.

  • Voice in Transition - Student Voices, Sofia

    Voice in Transition - Student Voices, Sofia

    Welcome to the next episode of Student Voices. In this episode Elizabeth speaks to Sofia, a first year university student, about her journey so far. It is a great conversation full of honest insights and helpful tips for students about to embark on their university journey. Listen if you are a first year university student reflecting on your experience so far, you are in your A level or gap year thinking about a move to university, and also a helpful listen for parents and student counsellors/wellbeing advisors. They discuss: The advice Sofia was given before leaving for university and how that helped. How Sofia has settled into her new independence and what she has learned along the way. What has helped in her settling in journey - and what has not. Why it matters to know yourself and be clear about what matters to you. The two things Sofia feels every student should know.