A good academic foundation is an important factor in determining your success. With the continuous increase in resources to study, there has been a significant increase in the competition level as well, which has led to increase in pressure that a student has to go through to acquire something has he or she is passionate about. When pressure of studies and competition is increased, it creates an impact physically and mentally on the student's health. In order to reduce pressure parents must understand, that their child needs a balanced life. Parents must be effective in their communication with their children.
The amount of stress that is put on students these days between trying to balance school, homework, extracurricular activities, social lifes, proper sleep and a healthy lifestyle is mostly compromised. The stress that they endure from the pressure of parents, teachers, colleagues, and peers may have many physical as well as mental repercussions.
Reasons that lead to studying pressure on students
- Pressure of performing well in tests : Many students worry about getting a good grade or simply making time to study if there is more than one upcoming test.
- Too much homework : When your child is overwhelmed or frustrated by homework, it makes it harder for him or her to complete assignments. This can trigger a stressful cycle where homework piles up and your child has no time or energy to complete it, leading to even more stress.
- Too many tasks at hand : A heavy workload can be a major source of stress for students. This is especially common for high school students as they start making their post-secondary plans.
- Unorganized studying pattern : Students with poor organizational skills tend to experience more stress in school. This is usually because they are not properly prepared with the tools or the understanding needed to learn.
- Lack of relaxation time : Students with busy schedules can quickly become overwhelmed because they are left with no free time to relax. As your child progresses from elementary school to high school, the amount and difficulty level of schoolwork increases, and students without good time management skills can experience even more stress.
- Lack of sleeping time : Not getting enough sleep makes it difficult for students to concentrate and learn effectively. This can lead to feelings of stress for your child when he or she is unable to perform well in class or on assignments.
- Participation in the class : For many children, the thought of getting called on in class and speak in front of their classmates can be terrifying. This can be particularly true if your child struggles to keep up in a subject or area (common examples are math and reading).
- Scarcity of support for students : A lack of support from parents or teachers, can add a lot of stress to students. They may feel that a lot is expected of them. All they need is a strong support system (whether emotional or practical) to achieve their goals. This is another cause of stress that affects high-achieving students in particular.
- Transitioning to a new environment : Making a major move can be a stressful time for many students, whether starting at a new school or making the transition from elementary school to high school. New classes, new teachers, and new routines can all be stressful for students, and take time to adjust to. Fear of criticism dominates their mind.
- Difficulty level of subjects : As they progress through school and start taking more advanced classes, the increased difficulty can cause stress for students. This is very common for teens entering their high school years. As the difficulty level of subjects increases it is more important to address the challenges early so that your child can catch up before he or she falls too far behind.
- Changes in routine : A routine including dedicated homework time and a consistent sleep schedule helps guide students through their day. When changes to the usual routine start to happen, your child may find it more difficult to manage his or her time, leading to more stress.
The Winning Edge Ideas for Students and Parents:
- Focus on learning not on marks
- Understand and explain the true meaning of exams
- Assure your child that teachers are not looking out to fail you, but to ensure that your concepts are clear and you learn well.
- Help your child with goal setting - It is impossible to succeed with a vague goal.
- Efficient Time Management
- Talk to your child : Strive to be effective in communication.
- Help your child to deal with distractions and time and energy wasters.
- Do not isolate your child from friends, a good peer group is very healthy for the overall development.
- Sleep should be adequate and at fixed time.
- A regular exercise regime is indispensable.