1 October 2019 • Martijn Tamboer
‘Experience has a healing effect’
We recently kicked off the new academic year. A year full of opportunities as well as challenges. Do you start preparing for your examinations in time? Are you able to present yourself well? Do you suffer from a fear of failure? Student Psychologist Maarten Geers works together with a small team of professionals to offer workshops and training sessions, to assist you in overcoming these kinds of obstacles.
“Our time in university is supposed to be a wonderful period in your life. A time to develop yourself in numerous areas, make many new friends and socialise. But that’s not always the case for everyone. Especially the first year, when you aren’t familiar with the exam requirements at the university of applied sciences and you are dealing with many new experiences, for example living on your own. If you add pressure to perform in the first year, there isn’t much room to stumble. The last year in university can also be a challenge for many students. You are expected to work on your own, often with little feedback. Student life in 2019 can cause a lot of mental stress.”
Get it done today
“Our workshops are very personal for our students. We want to increase awareness and help you gain insight into your own thought processes and actions. Our training session ‘Get it done today’ isn’t about procrastination in general, but about the pitfalls of procrastination for each individual student. Learn to understand your own “why”.
Confronting your issues can be uncomfortable at first, sometimes even painful. But that pain has a purpose: frustration will motivate you to take action. An important start is to be realistic in planning your work. When you have positive experiences, motivation will follow. Once you get started you may also find yourself distracted again. So it’s important to know how to regain your focus. In this ‘pressure cooker training’ you will learn time management, motivation techniques, self-coaching through constructive thinking as well as gain insight into the dynamics of your procrastinating behaviour.”
“We try to adapt our training sessions to the student’s momentum. One of the sessions we offer right before the exams is ‘EFT for fear of failure’. Many students experience a lot of stress in the period leading up to the exams because they have very high expectations of themselves. You want to have the best results, but at the same time you are very critical of your own capabilities. This stress will activate your fear centre. In that condition it becomes difficult to reproduce your knowledge. You are unable to access those parts of the brain that store information. That inability will generate more fear, causing you to completely shut down. In this training you learn how to make yourself calm and collected. This is when you are able to reach the neocortex, which is responsible for the higher brain functions. You will teach yourself a stress-reducing technique, called Emotional Freedom Technique. This technique is based on principles from cognitive psychology and acupuncture and can easily be learned and applied when needed.”
The key is to do it!
“Not only in university but also later in your professional life, you will likely be expected to present or speak in public. Not everyone feels comfortable doing this and many students experience anxiety. During our session ‘Speaking with confidence’ you will learn more self-confidence and assertiveness. By regularly presenting in a safe environment, your fear will gradually decrease. Instead of avoiding it, many students even learn to enjoy speaking in public. The key is to do it!
“The power of our workshops and training lies in sharing with others. Students often struggle with problems that they rarely discuss. By coming together, you learn that you are not alone. Problems become more normal and less of a taboo. By practicing together and sharing with each other, you can build bridges and improve yourself. Experience has a healing effect.”
Check here for an overview of all training courses.