Dealing with Pressure in School

At some point, your child will feel pressured with the number of school work and other responsibilities piling up on his plate. It could leave him tired and stressed especially if his rest intervals are small. Academic stress isn’t new as it is becoming a part of a student’s daily struggle to stay on top of everything.

However, the best thing about this is that, when your child is able to overcome this feat, he becomes a step closer to his goals.

What your child needs to avoid is when school pressure affects him in negative ways. Since stress affects different people in different ways, it can leave your child overwhelmed with everything. But not to worry, you and your child are not alone in dealing with school stress. Here are a few techniques on how to manage school pressure:

Don’t forget to rest.

Never underestimate the power of what an 8-hour sleep could give your child. This is the only time his brain and body recuperate after a long day. Once he gets enough sleep, he can always face another tomorrow with renewed energy.

Take homework one step at a time. 

Researchers now say that multitasking affects one’s brain in ways one doesn’t expect – your child is actually being counterproductive. But this does not apply to all tasks. If the tasks your child does requires utmost focus in order to finish them, then switching in between these tasks may not be a very good idea. Let him finish homework after homework at a pace, and if possible, do homework once it’s been assigned.

Make the task list attainable for the day.

Pressure piles up when your child tries and achieves more than what he can do for the day. Consequently, he will find it tiresome as soon as he reaches the last two tasks on his list leaving them unfinished. Let him finish all urgent tasks/homework for that day, and if he has some spare time left after finishing these tasks, then he can start doing other non-urgent projects.

Take short breaks during exam periods.

Once your child’s exam week is around the corner, let him take time to prepare for this major event and try not to push him to study if he is already tired. By taking short breaks in between studying, he will be able to feel refreshed when he tackles his next lessons.

Always find time to tidy the workspace.

The space where your child studies is where he spends most of his time reading and doing homework. It’s easier for him to become efficient in doing projects if he knows where he kept his art materials and other tools. It’s also time-consuming when he need to look for important school papers if he doesn’t file them properly. Efficiency is always the key to productivity.

When it comes to managing school pressure, the best way for your child to deal with it is to check what each day consists of and take each part into bite-size pieces.

Always remember that changing your child’s habits and being consistent with it can bring him further as this will mold his character and outlook in dealing with more stressors in the future.

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