Biblio File: Chico State professor helps students ‘harness the power of the mind’
By Dan Barnett, Book Columnist
Posted: 02/25/17, 4:06 PM PST | Updated: 10 hrs ago
Gayle Kimball is Chico State University Department of Sociology professor emerita. In her writing she blends “energy work” (using acupressure, meditation and visualization “to harness the power of the mind”) with a deep passion for reaching students around the world who are trapped in conditions that make it a challenge to succeed.
Challenges may come from without (poverty, social discrimination) but also from within (procrastination, fear, aimlessness), and in her new book Kimball provides hundreds of resources that help students become overcomers, even activists. She also includes “the advice and experience of young people from various countries to discover how they succeed and to provide insight into the global youth culture….”
“Your Mindful Guide To Academic Success: Beat Burnout” ($9.99 in Amazon Kindle edition from Equality Press) focuses on cultivating good study skills, developing strategies for taking tests and writing essays, “clearing emotional blocks to success,” using the internet to increase educational access, and joining youth movements around the world to “fight for a more just and equitable world.”
Kimball draws on a wealth of information about, for example, learning disabilities, “balancing the left and right sides of the body,” positive self-talk, depression, being a student of color, and more. (The section on how to research is written by former Butte College librarian Morgan Brynnan.)
Kimball advises students to “structure regular time for exercise, socializing, quiet time, and volunteer work that you feel passionate about so you don’t burn out. I’d also like you to think about the influence of sex-role socialization in your choice of major and career objectives. Try to think outside the typical, the normal. In a world that’s increasingly global and unequal, my other hope is that you’ll be an activist in whatever cause is most important to you.”
There’s a companion Facebook page called Test Success: How To Cope With Stress And Anxiety (http://bit.ly/2lzLEGR).
Kimball is scheduled to speak at a free workshop on “Mind Power To Achieve Your Goals” during the Emotional Tune-Up Seminar, sponsored by the Chico Area Recreation and Park District from 12:30-4:00 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at Lakeside Pavilion, 2565 California Park Drive.