Stress is a significant predictor of GPAs for first-year engineering students: Study

A recent study from the University of Calgary has underlined the importance of building resilience skills among university students. Researchers Brittany Lindsay and Rigel Tormon assessed 143 UCalgary first-year engineering students and analyzed whether four psychological variables–perceived stress, student engagement, resilience, and growth mindset–could help predict a student’s GPA performance. The study found that perceived stress was a significant predictor of GPA, while personal resilience helped mitigate the impacts of stress. Lindsay stated that these findings point to the value of developing resilience skills among students early. “Students should have realistic expectations of university, but they also need to be properly trained in the skills they need to succeed,” said Lindsay. “This includes both academic and wellness skills.”