Academic well-being has less to do with getting perfect grades or turning in assignments, but it has everything to do with developing a love for learning. Lifelong learners are active, not passive. Rather than sitting back, waiting for the teacher to deliver the information, active learners get hands-on, ask questions, and think outside the box. They utilize creative thinking in order to solve problems with innovative solutions. Immersing themselves in the work, lifelong learners often experience “flow” or deep focus while they are “in the zone.” They feel a great sense of satisfaction because they are choosing to learn rather than being forced or compelled to learn.
Other characteristics of academic well-being include being responsible and goal-oriented. Though still imperfect, responsible learners are dependable and trustworthy, which allows others to easily rely on them. Teachers rarely have to remind them to turn in their best work. Setting goals creates direction and purpose for learners. Breaking down a big goal into small habits is essential.