Emotional Intelligence = School Success: Really? Yes, the Math Does Add up!


Emotional intelligence, or Emotional Quotient (EQ) has been researched for over 40 years, well technically since the 1930’s as Social Intelligence, and consistently it is found that EQ is a strong predictor of success in many areas of life; work, school and relationships. So what is the magical EQ that I speak of? There are many good theoretical models of EQ, I have chosen to focus on Dr. Reuvan Bar-On’s model which breaks EQ down into 15 Areas of Emotional Intelligence.

Here is the all important technical definition to help get you thinking:

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is an array of non cognitive abilities, skills and competencies that influence your ability to succeed in coping with environmental demands and pressures. EQ addresses the emotional, personal, social and survival dimensions of intelligence, which are often more important for daily functioning than the more traditional cognitive aspects of intelligence (IQ).

So what?


My recent research focused on student Emotional Intelligence levels, student engagement in the academic process and persistence through the first year of college (most risky year for drop-out). What I found was that students with higher EQ overall, participated more on campus, in class and in general college life (engagement).

Higher EQ means a stronger “ability to engage” leading to an increased chance of success.

Ability to Engage

You can improve your EQ!

What we know in post-secondary student success is that students who engage, or participate actively in school in and out of the classroom, succeed. Period. So, consider joining me over the next few months to foster your EQ and increase your chances of successfully completing your first year, and your college program.


Take a moment to read over the 15 Areas of Emotional Intelligence and try to predict what your Top 3 Strength Areas are and your Top 3 Growth Areas.

Next week I will add an Emotional Intelligence Assessment for you to complete. Over the next two months I will be focusing on one of the 15 areas weekly to help you enhance your EQ. I will be talking about EQ, Academic Self-Efficacy and Career Clarity, as well, in relation to your success as a student and your post-academic life. I really want you to do all that you can to develop your EQ so that you can achieve the goals and dreams that you have set for yourself.

The reason that I am so passionate about student success is that education changed the trajectory of my life immensely. Completing post-secondary education and training, increased the amount of control I have over my own life, it enhanced my ability to financially support myself and family life and allowed me to work in an area that I absolutely love…working with students. 


Dr. Heather Drummond, C.Psych.

Psychologist * Passionate Advocate for Flourishing * Human Muddling Through


“When awareness is brought to an emotion, power is brought to your life”

Tara Meyer Robson



  1. This is great news to share with our Student Leaders, they should be reassured in knowing they are on the right track, by being involved on campus! Thanks Heather

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