Fostering Resilience

Strengthening student strategies for overcoming setbacks

Resilience, the ability to bounce back quickly from failure and maintain enthusiasm for the task at hand, is a crucial skill for individuals, organisations and societies, particularly in times of global crises (Advani, 2021). However, there has been a concerning decline in resilience among college students, which has been further exacerbated by recent global challenges, leading to widespread disillusionment among young people (Gray, 2015; World Economic Forum, 2020). 

Fortunately, resilience can be taught and nurtured through the development of specific skills and habits. This educational tool, based on the work of Poole & Alberts (2019), has been adapted for classroom use with the aim of equipping students with the necessary tools to navigate future challenges successfully. The tool guides students through a 4S matrix, which involves identifying Support systems, Strategies for moving forward, Sage wisdom to remember and Solution-seeking behaviours to consider. 

By using this tool, students can cultivate their resilience and build the necessary skills to overcome obstacles, maintain a positive mindset and persevere towards their goals. 

Learning outcome

  • The student is able to strengthen their resilience by developing a strategy for themselves to bounce back from personal and professional setbacks