Help TLL Flip the Script!

Help TLL Flip the Script!

The Teaching + Learning Lab is asking for your help in getting the word out to students about TLL’s Flipping Failure initiative, a collection of video and audio stories told by MIT students about their path toward resilience when faced with academic challenges. The site was recently re-launched with new stories and updates. The resources currently available include the following:

  • Twenty-three stories (including six newly published) about struggling with academic/professional performance, finding a career path, coping with mental health struggles, transitioning to academics and life at MIT, managing competing priorities, and the effects of a global pandemic, to name a few.  
  • Sixty-two coping strategy videos, grouped into 19 categories, such as effective study methods, cultivating mindfulness, recognizing unhelpful ways of thinking, prioritizing health and well-being, and building community, among many others.
  • A soon-to-be-launched newsletter to provide timely, relevant, and valuable information for the MIT campus community and beyond.
  • Workshops that allow students to learn how to craft their own story to add to our growing collection.

By sharing their stories and the strategies that helped them cope, MIT students aim to help their peers discover their own path towards resilience. We would greatly appreciate it if you could share the above information with the students you interact with (undergrads, grads, and postdocs). We will be following up with individual DLCs with more information about this initiative and the workshop series we plan to offer over IAP. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Mangino at

We hope to “flip” the conversation around struggle from something to be ashamed of to something that is part of the human experience and to normalize help-seeking.

—Melissa Mangino, Teaching + Learning Lab