How are students thriving in the academic environment? Academic stress levels and burnouts are at an all-time high because of the pandemic. Many students have not enrolled since last school year due to the shift from traditional to online classes. This made the situation more complicated for those without a stable internet connection and gadgets.
In times like these, students may want to seek professional advice regarding their social or financial situation. Academic counselors can provide comprehensive programs for students to succeed academically.
Who Needs Academic Counseling?
Students who want to achieve academic success may want to seek professional advice. An academic counselor typically provides students with individual counseling. This is particularly for student development and choosing careers. A counselor’s roles may be broad in scope. Their responsibilities include, but not limited to:
- Boosting student morale
- Assessing any learning difficulties a student may have
- Helping a student assess their strengths and interests to decide on a career path
- Solving personal or interpersonal relationships within the school
- Improving a student’s study and time management habits
The Academic Environment
We spend most of our time in school during our life’s most formative stages. These are our most vulnerable ages when we have learning experiences in more complex emotional depths. Social interactions at school can be surprising and confusing, as they are often first times for us. These moments tend to impact our lifelong reactions to certain situations.
For this reason, counseling is just as important if not, more than the schooling we are provided with. Academic intelligence matters as much as emotional intelligence. Learning to react appropriately and dealing with our emotions and others, and view the world around us. This is the life-long learning experience we will carry with us throughout our lives.
Career counseling can help students make an informed decision towards a career they wish to succeed in in the future. For many students, it’s a life-changing decision that can take years to decide on. But when the time comes to choose a career, will they know what to decide on?
Counselors can offer aptitude tests to guide students to choose career paths that fit them. For example, a creative student inclined to problem-solving and marketing may be the best fit for a career in advertising.
Academic counselors can help students solve personal or interpersonal relationships. Sometimes, that means looking into whether the student’s needs are being met. Academic counselors may help facilitate their social needs if they have conflicts with friends, family, or even teachers.
Students with mental health issues or who have accessibility problems may reach out to school counselors. However, most counselors are not equipped to diagnose students’ mental health. What they can do is refer a student to a professional psychiatrist instead. Then the student can get the medication and therapy that they need.
When students suffer from stress or depression, they may lack the reason and motivation to finish their school work. Meeting students’ basic needs is the most important part of achieving academic success. When a student is happy and fulfilled, it’s only natural to succeed in their education and career. After all, most mental illnesses arise from being deprived of physiological, social, and psychological needs.
The counselor must get in touch with the student’s parents to assess and clarify the student’s needs. Parents may also offer a perspective on their child’s lifestyle or study habits.
Helping Students With Learning Disabilities
Academic counselors may also assist students with learning difficulties. Dyslexia is a learning disability that may hinder the student’s capacity to read. This is due to the way they process speech and how they relate to words and text. Dyslexic students may be delayed in their reading milestones compared to their peers. One in every five kids has dyslexia, making this one of the most common learning disorders.
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) may impact a student’s capacity to focus on school work and paying attention in class. They may easily be distracted and prioritize activities outside the classroom. Because their attention may not help engage them with their school requirements, counselors may offer advice on productivity and time management.
Bullying And Harassment
Bullying can inflict long-term emotional damage on an individual and affect their academic performance. Students who are bullied are more likely to experience anxiety and depression.
These victims of bullying find counseling very helpful as it can help them talk about their actions and feelings. This is why it is so important for counselors to recognize bullying in all early instances. There is a need to create a better learning environment inclusive for all students of different backgrounds. In this case, students need to develop emotional maturity. This will let them thrive well through difficult challenges later in life.
Should we encourage students to consider academic counseling? Definitely! While classes have transitioned into an online medium, many factors might affect student stress levels. It becomes equally important to consider students’ mental health. They can greatly benefit from academic counseling by identifying their goals and setting up a plan for success.
Adjusting to distance learning has its own difficulties. Accessibility to a stable internet connection and gadgets for online classes can be a social class indicator. It sure must be a struggle for student achievers now since getting good grades can mean that you have the luxury to have the resources to succeed. Student development also grows from social and emotional interaction. The lack of these interactions and engagement makes a big difference.
It is worth mentioning that schools should continue to provide mental health counseling services for their students. School requirements are already a source of stress for many, and so is a strained relationship with your family. A highly competitive environment and stress are necessary for growth. However, without a community to belong to, these problems become bigger.
While it remains uncertain when face-to-face classes will be the norm, we should keep mental health resources and adequate counseling available and inclusive of all students regardless of socioeconomic status.