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Sophomore students (Mindset)

Nudge Overview

This nudge campaign is a series of mindset nudges designed to help new sophomore students build a growth mindset. The nudges are intended to build upon each other and can be reinforced through a call-to-action.

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About this Campaign

Opportunity

For many institutions new sophomores have significantly lower persistence than average providing a clear opportunity to improve persistence with a nudge.

Goal

The goal of this nudge campaign is to nudge new sophomore students into behaviors that will aid in their success within the current term and persistence into the next term.

Students

The target student group for this nudge campaign is new sophomore students, e.g., students with 2 terms completed and about to start their Sophomore year.

Owner

The owner of the the nudge campaign is the person responsible for sending the nudges to the students and receiving and acting upon replies from students. Choose the most appropriate person at your institution to send the nudges. Remember, emails sent from a person the student knows are most likely to be read. Advisors or faculty are oTen appropriate owners for a nudge campaign.


Mindset Nudges

Nudges are sent at four different points during the academic term and utilize the following mindset principles: 

  • Growth Mindset

  • Empathy

  • Normalizing

  • Goal Setting


First Two Weeks of Term

Persistence Prediction: Very Low, Low, and Moderate
Subject Line: Can you believe you’re a sophomore now?

Dear [STUDENT FIRST NAME],

It’s hard to believe it’s already [SPRING/WINTER TERM/SEMESTER]. Sophomores often tell us this is the point in their academic career that coursework starts to change a bit. Some classes you may find are just plain hard compared to last year. Some students encounter new material in courses that cause them to question if their major is the right fit. Either feeling is totally natural!

Do you question if your current academic journey is the right path for you? Let’s talk about it and ensure you’re set for success this [TERM/SEMESTER].

[INSERT CALL-TO-ACTION]

[SIGNATURE]

Persistence Prediction: High and Very High
Subject Line: Can you believe you’re a sophomore now?

Dear [STUDENT FIRST NAME],

As the [SPRING/WINTER TERM/SEMESTER], I just wanted to check in and say hi and welcome back. You’re at a point in your academic career where some students question if their major is the right fit. As you start your classes, keep in mind that it’s natural for material to feel harder than in prior [TERMS/SEMESTERS].

Keep up the hard work! If you think it may be worth chatting about changing your major, just let me know and we can connect.

[INSERT CALL-TO-ACTION]

[SIGNATURE]

Prior to Midterm Exams

Persistence Prediction: Very Low, Low, and Moderate
Subject Line: You’ll be a Junior soon

Dear [STUDENT FIRST NAME],

We’re at a busy point in the [SPRING/WINTER TERM/SEMESTER]. Keep your eye on the prize. Being a Junior is becoming a reality with each completed course.

Next [SPRING/WINTER TERM/SEMESTER] registration is nearly upon us, so start considering what you’ll need
to have in place to ensure a successful completion of this [TERM/SEMESTER]. Don’t give up, your diligence and hard work will pay off, I just know it!

[INSERT CALL-TO-ACTION]

[SIGNATURE]

Persistence Prediction: High and Very High
Subject Line: You’ll be a Junior soon

Dear [STUDENT FIRST NAME],

We’re at a busy point in the [SPRING/WINTER TERM/SEMESTER]. Keep your eye on the prize, being a Junior is becoming a reality with each course you complete well.
As you consider registration for next [TERM/SEMESTER], don’t forget that your hard work now will pay off as you transition into your Junior year!

Keep up the hard work.

[INSERT CALL-TO-ACTION]

[SIGNATURE]

After Midterm Exams

Persistence Prediction: Very Low, Low, and Moderate
Subject Line: Still feeling stressed even though midterms are over?

Dear [STUDENT FIRST NAME],

Although the main stress of midterms may be behind us, it’s easy to still feel overwhelmed at this point in the [TERM/SEMESTER].
Think about all you have learned and accomplished so far!

It’s natural to be somewhat uncertain about what’s next. Part of learning is embracing some uncertainty. However, uncertainty shouldn’t distract you from learning.

[INSERT CALL-TO-ACTION]

[SIGNATURE]

Persistence Prediction: High and Very High
Subject Line: Still feeling stressed even though midterms are over?

Dear [STUDENT'S FIRST NAME],

Midterms may be behind us, but lots yet remains to finish strong! Now is the time to ensure you’re on solid footing to finish this [TERM/SEMESTER] well, and be certain you have all you need to keep on track for [FALL TERM/SEMESTER].

Do you have any questions about how to finish this term well and be ready for [FALL TERM/SEMESTER]? If so, let’s talk them through now before the craziness of final exams.

[INSERT CALL-TO-ACTION]

[SIGNATURE]

Last Two Weeks of Term

Persistence Prediction: Very Low, Low, and Moderate
Subject Line: Practice these exercises to prepare for exams

Hi [STUDENT'S FIRST NAME],

Feeling the pressure of exam season? If you feel pressure, it’s totally normal. Research shows that simple exercises can help your brain prepare for finals. Give them a try for a few minutes each day.

Think about your test. Reflect on the grade you want to receive. What kinds of questions will you likely encounter on the exam? What resources (e.g., textbook, class notes, peer study sessions, etc) do you need to ensure you are prepared for the questions you will encounter? Keep up the hard work, and don’t give up. You’re so close to finishing the [TERM/SEMESTER] strong!

[INSERT CALL-TO-ACTION]

[SIGNATURE]

Persistence Prediction: High and Very High
Subject Line: Practice these exercises to prepare for exams

Hi [STUDENT'S FIRST NAME],

Feeling the pressure of exam season? Research shows that simple exercises can help your brain prepare for finals. Give them a try for a few minutes each day.

Think about your test. Reflect on the grade you want to receive. What kinds of questions will you likely encounter on the exam? What resources (e.g., textbook, class notes, peer study sessions, etc) do you need to ensure you are prepared for the questions you will encounter?

Keep up the hard work, and don’t give up.

[INSERT CALL-TO-ACTION]

[SIGNATURE]

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