Reducing Academic Stress

Three important tips for reducing academic stress.

If you feel a lot of academic pressure, try these three important tips.

1. Don’t procrastinate. This sounds simple enough, but probably most of the academic stress students experience comes from waiting until the last minute to get their assignments done. You are much better off starting early and doing some work each night rather than letting it wait until it is due.

2. Don’t listen to other students cram right before the test. If your classmates are discussing something you have forgotten it will just make you more nervous. Simply take your seat, gather your thoughts, take a few deep breaths, and wait for the test to begin. Many students who experience academic stress madly rush through their notes as they are waiting for the exams to be passed out, but this too can make you more stressed if you find a topic that you don’t remember. It is much better to use the time before the exam to relax.

3. Lean to say no. Many students experience academic stress because they have too much to do. Don’t take on too much added responsibility beyond your classes. Even though you might be offered some interesting opportunities, if you wind up with too much to do, your grades and your health could suffer. Learn to say no to some things if you find you have too much to handle.

Excerpt from College Success Strategies by Sherrie L. Nist and Jodi Patrick Holschuh.

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