What is the effect of stress on students?
The body of empirical research studies is quite consistent with their findings on the effect of stress in the body. The consensus data suggest that stress, if not handled properly, will cause several types of sickness.
Some of the most evident biological effects of stress are heart disease and cancer. But aside from that, stress can also negatively affect the respiratory system. It makes breathing harder.
The effect of stress is not limited to biological aspect but also on psychological dimension. A stressed person may not be able to function effectively. For students, stress can have a very significant impact on their academic endeavor.
The effect of stress on students can be many. Several studies had found that stress has a negative effect on students’ ability to concentrate. If you are a student, you tend to comply with the multi-layered school requirements simultaneously. This burden alone is enough to make you unable to concentrate.
The human brain cannot attend to several stimuli at a single period of time. Thus, cramming is not effective. It can only make things worse.
Generally, there are three common effects of stress on students:
Stress decreases sleep quality
Students who feel stressed have trouble in acquiring sleep. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America found that stressed students have decreased sleep time. In addition, the National Sleep Foundation reports that only about 15 percent of adolescent students get enough amount of sleep. The lack of sleep may result in poor learning, listening, and problem-solving ability.
Stress makes students angry
Because stress decreases students’ learning ability, it makes them frustrated. The frustration may then result in another emotional problem. A report from the Mayo Clinic states that stress increases students’ feelings of irritability, anger, and social withdrawal.
Angry students may not only show hostile behavior to their fellow students but also to their teachers or instructors by being deviant from school or class guidelines. Instead of focusing on academic tasks, angry students may focus on their feelings. As a result, school tasks may be difficult for them.
Stress negatively affects grades
Because a stressed student won’t be able to concentrate on school activities, there is a high possibility that s/he may drop out from school. In the American College Health Association National College Health Assessment report alone in 2010, there was 25 percent of students suffered from having a decreased in their grades. Those students also had difficulties to finish their courses.
These are just a few of the negative effect of stress on students. When I was a student though, I only experienced the effect mentioned above (decrease in sleep). It was because, unlike the majority of students, I had my own approach to deal with academic stress.
As a student, you have some sort of freedom to direct your own life inside the campus. One of the biggest parts of such freedom is to figure out how you’re going to approach scholastic challenges. Fortunately, you have a good chance to successfully overcome stress.
Time management is what most students need. Finishing your projects or papers ahead of time can make your school life easier. You need to weigh your priorities. Do not waste your time. Schedule everything.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.