There is a common misconception that once a student progresses to Higher education they are already equipped with the skills and mindset to be successful. Quite often this is not the case. Many new students struggle with the associated changes and new challenges. These can include a lack of self-belief and confidence (arising from academic self-concept), adjusting to new social situations, financial planning and demanding schedules. Often they lack academic resilience - an ability to sustain high levels of achievement motivation and performance despite the presence of changes and challenges.
By building academic resilience students are better able to face these challenges and persist through the transitional and challenging times. The 'Effort Effect' lays the foundations for students to do exactly that.