How to manage anxiety
Anxiety can feel overwhelming, but there are some simple steps you can ...
Stress is part of your danger response, which was an evolutionary brain adaptation to help you stay safe. It can affect your academic performance in lots of ways, such as:
A lot of school-related stress is around the work itself – feeling like you have too much work to do, that the work is too hard, wanting your work to be perfect or worrying about making mistakes. These things can sabotage your academic performance.
Here are some more tips that might help:
Do work in stages. Sometimes, starting is the hardest part. Focus on what you can control by starting with a loose outline or plan. Dot point any ideas you have. You can start writing/building from there.
Ask for help or feedback. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stuck, you can ask a teacher or trusted adult for help. You may even be able to get feedback on a first draft. And, if you get a bad grade or make a mistake, applying feedback/learnings can help with future work!
Focus on what you like about learning something new. Sometimes we can get caught up in grades and forget what we like about learning. Most people like learning new things most of the time (especially for topics you are interested in, like electives).
Keep grades in perspective. Assessments and exams and doing well or badly can seem like a big deal. But, at the end of the day, they are a way to reach your big picture, future goals in your career or life. And there are lots of different ways to reach career or life goals.
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