Stress, Pressure, & Studying: Tips to Make it All Work For You
With school once again in full swing, a lot of people have questions relating to how to best deal with school-related stress, peer pressure, effective studying skills, and stuff like that. Here’s a brief rundown of things you can do to help yourself.
By far, one of the most common complaints related to school and course work is how stressful the actual classes and homework can be. Everyday pressures and expectations are put on to you by your teachers and professors. There are some easy things you can do to help relieve some of this stress: 1. Schedule Your Time
So many students simply have no plan of attack. They put schoolwork as the last thing they will think of and work on in their lives. Since it is put off to the last minute, it creates a load of unnecessary stress. Instead of putting it off, hit it head on and get it out of the way (or at least get a part of it out of the way first. If you set aside no more than a half hour or an hour once a day to deal with course work and reading, you’ll feel better in the long run and be better prepared for the next class.
2. Reduce Cramming
Every student, to one degree or another, crams for tests and quizzes. Try and reduce this as much as possible by keeping up with the course work and reading throughout the quarter or semester. If you don’t have time to read the whole chapter, skim the chapter and read under the major section headings. At least then you’ll have a more general idea of what the material covers when you do cram, and what to expect.
3. Keep Your Body Fit & Healthy
Stress can be relieved through all of the traditional means you probably know so well — activity, exercise, socializing with friends. But you’ll feel even less stressed-out all the time if you have a regular schedule of physical activity, such as playing sports, bike riding, tennis, hiking, or just taking long walks around the campus or neighborhood. By keeping your body in shape, you will free up time for your mind to relax and better concentrate.
4. Find Friends & Classmates to Share With
This may seem a bit cheesy, but it’s not. People who share the same pressures and tasks in school have a lot in common, and can relieve a lot of stress just by talking to one another about it. So if that French class is getting you down, who better to bitch to and get some of that stress out than with someone else who is in your class? It can help a great deal.
Peer pressure is a different kind of stress we all have to live with in school. Friends asking you to join in with them and do things you don’t really feel comfortable with doing.
The key to coping with peer pressure is learning about yourself and discovering your own hidden reservoir of self-esteem and self-confidence. The answer to peer pressure is to stand up for your beliefs, because they are important to you. Why should someone else’s beliefs be more important than your own? If you hang out with a bunch of friends who smoke, but you don’t feel like smoking, who cares? Why should it make any difference to them?
It shouldn’t, and often peer pressure is related to control issues within the group of friends. If one person in the group “rebels,” then the group loses some of its cohesiveness, or closeness on a superficial level. On a deeper level, it shouldn’t matter. But some young people often are influenced more easily by the superficial. So you need to be aware of that and understand how it works in terms of peer pressure.