Students and Stress
Stress is a term that we hear more and more often. Unfortunately, stress is not limited to adults. Students and children can also become victims of stress. Students spend quite a bit of their day at schools and as a result, teachers and staff may observe certain behaviours that may suggest your child is stressed. They include, but are not limited to the following:
- Social isolation
- Expressions of general unhappiness over extended periods of time
- Frequent lateness or absences from school
- Inability to focus for extended periods of time
- Extreme restlessness or irritability
- Recent loss of self-esteem
- Physical complaints without a medical cause (i.e. headache, stomach ache, etc.)
Although there may include a variety of reasons why a child may be stressed, one of the common reasons students become stressed is due to test anxiety. Jim Wright offers a number of effective study habits, tips and strategies that students, with guidance from their parents and teachers, may find beneficial. Visit www.interventioncentral.org for complete list. Here are just a few:
- Make a general study schedule to avoid time drains – a lot of time is sometimes wasted on watching TV, internet surfing, mobile devices, etc. Leisure activities can take away from study time.
- Arrive for a test prepared – arrive to school and class on time. Bring all necessary materials. Get a good night’s sleep. Recognize that your main focus for the day is to do well on the test.
- Preview a test before beginning – look over all the sections of the test prior to beginning to write. Look at the point values of each test and plan your time accordingly.
- When in doubt, guess – it’s better to give an answer than to leave a question blank.
In the end, if your child is experiencing stress due to school, speak to your child’s teacher or administrator. There is a lot of information and resources offered to school boards to support your child’s mental health and well-being.