Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual Wellness is fostering curiosity, seeking knowledge, and embracing lifelong learning. It can be your educational journey through life, including formal classroom learning, as well as your hobbies or interests (students orgs, art, reading, learning a new sport, etc.), where you take part in discussions or conversations that you find interesting with others. Below are some ideas of what intellectual wellness means to our GV community.

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Be Intellectually Well

6 Characteristics of Intellectually Well People

  • Development of good study skills and time management.
  • Ability to challenge yourself to see all sides of an issue.
  • Becoming a critical thinker.
  • Development of your own ideas, views, and opinions.
  • Exposing yourself to new ideas, people, and beliefs that are different from your own.
  • Become aware of who you are and what you value.

Improving Intellectual Wellness

  1. Learn a new skill.
  2. Journal.
  3. Do a puzzle or brain teaser.
  4. Read a good book or listen to music you enjoy.
  5. Reach out to professors and campus resources for help.

Participate in Cultural Events

Both campus and the Grand Rapids area are full of events that provide new, unique experiences from various cultures and backgrounds.

  • Wander around Grand Rapids during ArtPrize
  • Appreciate the symphony at DeVos Performance Hall
  • Attend a performance by the GVSU Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. 


An important step in achieving intellectual wellness is getting academic help when you need it. The Tutoring Center on campus is here for you to become a self-directed, independent learner by helping you to understand content that may be difficult through practice and study techniques.


On Campus

Schedule a One-on-One Library Consultation

  • Get research assistance.
  • Meet with a subject librarian.
  • Get assistance specific to a class or project

Visit the Student Academic Success Center

  • Receive academic coaching to help you achieve your educational goals.
  • Participate in Student Success Programs to expand your support network.
  • Find resources to help improve your academic skills, whether it be for specific subjects or for learning in general.

Visit The Knowledge Market.

  • Meet with a consultant specializing in research, digital skills, writing, or presentations.
  • Check out their Resource Market.

Visit the Tutoring Center

  • Request a tutor to meet with weekly for help in specific classes.
  • Drop-in tutoring is available for a variety of subjects.
  • Get help with study strategies and exam review.

Visit the Writing Center

  • Schedule an appointment or stop by during drop-in hours to improve your writing skills with the help of peer consultants.
  • Receive help with any writing project, regardless of what stage it is at.
  • Find useful writing resources and handouts.

Off Campus

Check out  Science on T ap

  • Each month, an expert will host a discussion at the SpeakEZ Lounge about various scientific topics.
  • Learn about things such as climate change, diseases, ecology, and much more.
  • Connect with peers and other people of the community through conversation and debate.

Find a Trivia Night

  • Find local trivia competitions around Grand Rapids to showcase your knowledge of specific topics.
  • Get a group of friends together or participate individually.
  • Enjoy good food while challenging your mind.

Discover events through West Michigan Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

  • Find festivals and other cultural events to experience locally.
  • Explore opportunities offered in different counties of West Michigan.
  • Connect with the community through arts and culture.


Check out Coursea

  • Stream video lectures from expert instructors to improve your skills in a variety of subjects, such as business or computer science.
  • Take free courses from some of the top universities.
  • Self-paced learning opportunities.

Stay on track with Focus Booster

  • Use this program to help you improve your time management skills.
  • Set blocks of time for staying focused on work while taking breaks in between.
  • Track your progress and understand how to use your time more efficiently.

Manage your classwork with myHomework

  • Stay organized by using this student planner app.
  • Get reminders for upcoming assignment due dates.
  • Track your homework, projects, tests, and other schoolwork for your classes.

Page last modified March 1, 2024