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Reducing Student Stress

Posted: December 6, 2008 in Quick Tips
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No two ways about it, students are stressed.  Students experience stress for different reasons, and they handle that stress in different ways.  Your highly academic students may be stressed as they are desperate for an A, or for the highest grade in the class.  Your struggling students may be stressed as they try just to pass your course.  Of course all your students have to deal with stress from their home life, and the stresses associated with trying to fit in with peers.

All students have stress in some way.  As teachers, we should help teach students effective ways to manage stress.  We have (hopefully) learned some strategies over time, but are students are still learning to adapt.  I think teaching students stress management is a part of developing students.  The following are some strategies you may think about sharing with your students.

Time management

Manage time wisely by setting up a schedule on a daily or weekly basis. This will allow you to plan your studying ahead, remember an upcoming test or paper submission, and allocate time to study for it. Keeping up with a plan can greatly help by breaking up your school work into smaller chunks.  Keep in mind any extra curricular activities or sports that may also take up your time.

Get better organized

Always organize your notes, keep track of assignments and file papers that you need for reference. This will help you remember deadlines and test dates. Moreover, a well organized system allows you to quickly find the resources that you need.  Keep an agenda.  Some students think it’s uncoolto use an agenda, or they think they can remember everything without one.  But teachers, lawyers, doctors, contractors and plenty of really really smart people use agendas.  Between classes, clubs, sports, an after school job, you have a lot to keep track of.  Write them down.

Find a good study environment

For quality studying, ensure you do your study in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed or distracted. Using aromatic scents, putting on classical or meditative music can soothe your senses and may enhance your concentration.  Studies suggest that Baroque music at around 60 beats per minute helps people think.  It causes your brain to produce alpha waves that help keep you calm, allowing you to stay focused.  Baroque music is best, so put back that Beethoven, and get out the Vivaldi.

Know your learning style

All of us learn differently and may do better using one style than the other. Try out different methods and adopt the one that you are most comfortable with.


  • Visual learners tend to prefer using diagrams such as mindmaps, charts or illustrations. Learn to doodle, draw and add color to your visual diagrams.
  • If you are more of a listener, an auditory learner, then you might like to do recordings of yourself going over the notes or tape down the lectures. Transfer and organize the recording clips on your computer so that you can quickly review them when necessary.
  • You may be a kinesthetic learner who remembers information better by role-playing. You can study with a close buddy or play the different roles yourself.

There are plenty of online quizzes to determine your learning styles, take a couple – you might be surprised as the results.

Get enough rest

During exams period or crunch time before submitting an assignment, many of us cannot find time to rest enough. Not only will this impact your ability to learn and remember, your energy level will be a notch down and unable to focus. Learning to take 15 minutes power naps can help to give you that boost during the day, but a few hours of quality sleep at night is necessary too.

Learn stress management techniques

Using some of the simple techniques, such as visualization and deep breathing, will help to calm your nerves before an exam. Using them as and when you feel the pressure, even in your daily routines, can reduce the chance of developing chronic stress.

Studying for good grades is important for a student. There are ways to keep you focused and get the quality study you need. You can manage your time by having a plan and breaking your study down into chunks. Being organized and having a good study environment allows you to find resources more efficiently, as well as being able to concentrate better. Find out if you are a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner for a more effective learning experience. But for all these to be effective, you need to have enough rest and applying stress management techniques to prevent any chronic stress. There is a lot on the plate for a student to manage. However, do remember, it’s not how much you study but how well you do that counts. Study smart, not hard.

Thanks to BenSanders and Ezine Articles for original article.