Intellectual wellness is allowing your brain both stimulation and rest for critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity.
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
- Exposing yourself to new ideas, people, and beliefs that are different from your own
- Become aware of who you are and what you value
- Discover UNH Library Resources
Check in with your intellectual wellness
- Were you able to register for classes that you think you will find interesting?
- What are you excited to learn at UNH?
- Have you read a good book or listened to music you enjoyed lately?
- Do you believe that your intellectual growth comes from what you learn in and outside the classroom?
- How comfortable do you think you will feel asking your professors for help?
Explore 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
- 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
- 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.
Try fun brain teasers.
Talk to a Wellness Educator/Counselor
UNH students can make individual appointments with a wellness educator/counselor to discuss intellectual wellness. Call (603) 862-9355 or make an appointment online.