Learning Development & Success Learning Development & Success

Mindfulness and Learning

"When you look at the brains of meditators, the areas related to attention, learning, and compassion grow bigger and stronger.  It’s called cortical thickening: the growth of new neurons in response to repeated practice.  What we practice grows stronger.”  Daniel Goleman.

What is Mindfulness?

Learn about the concept of mindfulness and how mindfulness can be useful to students.

Mindfulness for Academic Success (MAS) Program

Program Information:

A 6-week group to help students manage academic stress and improve their academic focus.

The Mindfulness for Academic Success (MAS) program uses mindfulness practices to:

  1. Manage academic stress
  2. Improve focus and manage distractions
  3. Effectively get started and stay on track with academic tasks
  4. Develop a positive and productive mindset for learning
  5. Facilitate communication and connection among students

 

No prior mindfulness experience is necessary to participate.

MAS is adapted from a similar program at Monash University

Dates for Sessions:

Winter 2021 session is full. Check back for future dates or email to be added to a waitlist for the next offering.

Email questions to learning@uwo.ca 

How to register:

Email learning@uwo.ca for further information about how to register.

Student testimonial:

"Every single part of it was useful, I am really surprised how my perspective towards mindfulness has changed. I became more self-reflective, self-aware, and acquired more emotional control through practising all the exercises."

Weekly Mindful Moments

Relax, recharge, refocus with weekly drop-in mindfulness practices live on Zoom.  We begin with a few minutes of quiet reflection, followed by a 10-15 minute guided practice.    

When?  Mondays at 12:30pm from September 13-December 20th (excluding Oct.11 & Nov.1).    

All graduate, undergraduate, and professional school students in all fields of study are welcome. No prior mindfulness experience is necessary to participate. 

ZOOM info:  

LINK: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/98015659213 

ID: 980 1565 9213 

PASSCODE: 470278 

Mindfulness Practices 

Here you will find a series of mindfulness meditation recordings and reflective exercises to enhance your mindfulness practice.

Guided Meditations

Calm & Focused Learning

An 8-minute guided mindfulness meditation practice for students.

Guided meditations from Mindfulness Without Borders.

https://mindfulnesswithoutborders.org/pages/mindfulness-practices

31 Days of Mindful Learning Calendar

Challenge yourself to incorporate more mindfulness into your days!

Mindful Journaling

Journaling offers a way to practice mindfulness.  Mindful journaling can help you to focus on specific areas of your life a student, and provide a reflective space for considering academic goals and intentions.  The prompts below can be used as a starting point to guide your own reflective journaling practice.

20 Writing Prompts:

Write a paragraph or create a mind map using this prompt: “I learn best when I ………..”

How would you describe yourself as a student?

What are the 3 greatest strengths you bring to university learning?

Write about your study space.  What makes it great?  What would make it better?

Do I procrastinate?  Why? What could I change?

What scares me about university?  How are these fears holding me back?

What are the 3 things I spend most of my time on each day?  Do these things align with my priorities?

What do I want to achieve in the next week, month, and year?

What 3 things can I be grateful for today?

What do I most want to improve as a student?  What is the first step I could take?

What have been my biggest academic successes in the past year?  In my entire life?

What are the things I look forward to most each day?

What are 3 things I could do this week to contribute to my success as a student?

In what ways am I receptive to feedback from professors?  How could I learn more from feedback?

What are 3 ways I can create a greater level of motivation toward my work?

What things in my life cause me the most stress?  Can I change them?

What is my perspective on making mistakes?  How is this perspective impacting my academic journey?

Imagine your best possible future self with respect to your academic life.  What is happening in this future? What are you doing to make it your best?

What are you most proud of as a student?

Write a letter to yourself, filled with encouragement about your academic journey.