One's academics are an important foctor in the determintion of the sucess he achives in life. 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. They might get depressed. There are many suicide cases due to pressure of studies. Also movies are produced based on educational pressure. In order to reduce pressure parents must understand, students also need leisure time. Parents must ask their children what they want to do. A major step in this direction would be to rething the educational structure to.
The amount of stress that is put on students these days between trying to balance school, homework, extracurricular activities, social lives, sleep and a healthy lifestyle is being considered as a health epidemic. Students are obsessing over getting the grades that are expected of them to please those that push them, and in return, lose sleep and give up other aspects of their lives that are important to them such as time with friends and family as well as activities that they enjoy. The stress that they endure from the pressures of parents, teachers, colleges, and peers may have many physical as well as mental effects on every student.
There could be many factors that to lead to studying pressure on students but
few of them which can be commonly found almost in every student are as follows:
- 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. Test stress doesn’t just affect struggling students; but high scorers usually experience a lot of stress about doing well in tests.
- 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 doesn’t have the time or energy to complete it all, leading to even more stress.
- Too many tasks at hand : Whether it’s advanced-level classes or the amount of studying required, a heavy workload can be a major source of stress for students. This is especially common for older 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 aren’t properly prepared with the tools or the understanding needed to learn. If those organization skills don’t improve they may continue to fall behind, leading to more stress and frustration about school.
- 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 isn’t able to perform well in class or on assignments. In fact, studies have shown that students who don’t get the required 8-10 hours of sleep each night are more likely to feel stressed than students who do.
- Participation in the class : For many children, the thought of getting called on in class and speaking 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, even if it’s only perceived, can add a lot of stress to students. They may feel that a lot is expected of them, but that they don’t have a strong enough 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 it’s 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.
- 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 classes get harder, it’s important to address challenges early so 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.
Above we list some points that could be causes of pressure on students. As we progress forward now we would need to know how to help the young generation overcome it and move swiftly through their academic as well as co-curricular activities:
- Focus on learning not on marks - Yes it is very nice to get full marks but it is more important to know what you don’t know, what you haven’t understood or what you need to study more. The idea of exams is to discover what you don’t know, so that you can learn that for the next exam because it is ultimately learning that will help you in future.
- Understand and explain the true meaning of exams - It is easy to misunderstand why we take exams. The purpose of exams is to allow us to understand what we have not understood so far, so that we can learn it again. The purpose of exams is not to show someone else (the teacher) how much we know but to realize ourselves how much we know and what we don’t. Unfortunately however, since exams are usually such a public affair, it is best to encourage children to test themselves on their knowledge before they go for the exam.
- Assure your child that teachers are not out to fail us - It is strange, but there is a belief among students and parents alike that in an exam, the teacher sets the paper and corrects it with the objective of failing the child. Nothing can be further from the truth however. Because the only way a teacher can prove to herself and to others that she is an effective teacher is – by ensuring that all the students she teaches pass the exam.
- Help your child with goal setting - It is impossible to succeed with a vague goal like; I will come first in class. A goal has to be very specific such as “This time I got only 55% marks in English – I will aim for 65% marks in the next exam”. Help your child to analyze why she or he is getting 55% and not 65%. Pinpoint specific areas for improvement.
- Time management - There is absolutely no doubt about the fact that children have too much to do. And one of their biggest challenges is that they are not able to prioritize. What is important never gets done because there are so many urgent things that take up their time every day. Plan a daily weekly and monthly schedule to meet the daily weekly and monthly goals. Your child’s daily schedule must have room for study, exercise, relaxation and chores.
- Talk to your child - Don’t restrict your conversation to “Why aren’t you studying?” “Have you finished your homework?” “How come you didn’t get the good marks the other children got?” And so on. Speak to your child when you are calm. Be empathetic and compassionate. Listen, don’t just lecture.
- Help your child to deal with distractions - Especially with teens, it is important to cater for the distraction that electronic device and social media offer. In discussion with your child, create pockets of time during which your child can use devices. Asking for notes and checking whether someone has sent it or not should also be restricted to those pockets of time.
- Do not isolate your child from friends - As parents we are prone to thinking that friends are a bad influence on our child’s life – but this is far from the truth. Children need friends. Teenagers especially need friends to feel relaxed. No matter how close you may be to your teenager – you will not find a lot of things funny that another teen will and you will not be able to laugh the way your teen does with her/his friends. Schedule time for your child to spend time with her or his friends. Friends can relieve the pressure of studies like nothing else can. However, keep in mind that friends can also add to your child’s stress. So keep the channels of communication open and know what your child’s friends are saying or not saying. Watch out for bullying – it may not be very obvious when it is done by friends. However it has a deep impact on the teen’s brain.
- Sleep - Anxiety and stress increase exponentially in children who do not get enough sleep. Ensure that your child gets enough sleep before and after study periods. The brain needs sleep to able to focus on what is being learnt. The brain also needs sleep to shift learnt material from short term memory so that studied material can be remembered for longer.
- Exercise - Make sure your child has enough time to run, jump and play. Accumulated excessive physical energy with depleted mental energy can cause immense stress. Do not allow an imbalance between physical and mental energy in your child’s life.
Academic pressure is not something that we can wish away. Even if children do not take after exams will still be stressed because competing is a normal human characteristic. after However, if competition is seen in the right light and the work load in school is managed adequately then the child could easily cope with the pressure of studies.