7 Ways to Reduce Academic Stress

Students can excel far beyond their own expectations when provided the tools needed to equip them for success. When students aren’t adequately equipped, academic stress can be debilitating.

  1. Ensure that your students are proficient readers.
    Being able to read more efficiently will allow them to inhale information at a much faster rate, and when they’ve improved their retention rates, the information they absorb will stick with them. Reading efficiently will enhance their ability to study, take tests and feel overall knowledgable.
  2. Use Mind Maps.
    Mind Maps enable you to start seeing the reading process not just as many words, but as MEANING. Mind Maps are a tool to use to remember what you have read.
  3. Provide your student with a tutor.
    Most students require tutoring of some sort. Even advanced students can benefit from tutors who can help them excel even further than they do. Tutors for advanced students are keen on ways to push students to achieve even more than they imagine they can achieve.
  4. Learn the test-taking process.
    When students learn to attack a test systematically, they feel less overwhelmed and feel more in control during the test-taking period. Encourage them to answer every question they know first and save the troublesome questions for last.
  5. Practice, practice, practice.
    Students should practice taking tests, and practice taking specific tests such as the SAT and ACT tests.
  6. Help them feel prepared.
    Provide them with a home environment that is conducive for studying and growing. Show them how to limit stress by preparing at night for their next day such as setting out their clothes, making their lunch and gathering the items they need for the next day and setting them by the door.
  7. Consistent encouragement.
    You might think your child knows you’re proud of them or believe in them, but it’s always wise to remind them anyway. When students are confident that they have a team of supporters behind them, it makes them feel more confident in their own abilities and encourages them to strive to do their best.

“The real key to learning something quickly is to take a deliberate, intelligent approach to your learning.”
– Lindsay Kolowich

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