Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual Wellness - Be open to new  ideas, be creative,  think critically,  and seek out  new challenges

Signs of Intellectual Wellness 

  • Development of good study skills and time management.
  • Ability to challenge yourself to see all sides of an issue.
  • Becoming a critical thinker.
  • Development of your own ideas, views, and opinions about life issues.
  • Exposing yourself to new ideas, people, and beliefs that are different from your own.
  • Become aware of who you are and what you stand for.
  • Use the Health Services Resource Library or the UNH Library Resources to learn from various sources.

Enhance Intellectual Wellness 

Improve Study Skills

  • Review study materials within 24 hours of class to keep it fresh in your memory.
  • Take notes while you read, while in class, and focus on more than what is written on the board.
  • Form a study group session with other people in your class.
  • Study in a quiet environment that will not distract you.
  • Color coding helps trigger memory - keep one topic per color.
  • Find innovative ways to study that work for you.

Improve Time Management

  • Use a planner to keep track of assignments, due dates, and other upcoming events.
  • Make a "To-Do" list that allows you to cross off completed tasks as you go.
  • Prioritize tasks in order of importance and tackle the most important first!
  • Learn to say no to social activities sometimes - remember what is important to get done.
  • Cut work hours. Money is important, but working too much can cut into your study time.
  • Multi-task within your limits. Save time by doing multiple things at once, just don't over-do it.

Remove Objectivity

  • Learn there is more than one way to do something.
  • There isn't always a "right" answer, but sometimes multiple.
  • Stay open-minded to new ideas, insights, thoughts, expressions, and values.
  • Expose yourself to difference.

Improve Critical Thinking

  • Be actively engaged in conversation, readings, and classrooms - think about what is happening.
  • Ask questions to yourself or others as you reflect.
  • Challenge the norm, don't take an answer for what it is without agreeing upon it yourself.
  • Find patterns and connections to examples that relate to your life.
  • Keep your brain active, thinking, and questioning!