Academic Pressure on Students

The rising complexity of modern life has beset us with stress. Students of various professional institutions are increasing beleaguered with this problem. Specifically, this project aims to investigate environmental, social, psychological, and academic causes of stress and its behavioural consequences.

More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.

Stress has become a common phenomenon in our daily lives, which certainly has positive as well as negative influence on human behaviour. Gradually it leads them toward utter frustration and anxiety, which in later years causes physiological as well as psychological problems. Stress is defined as “pressure or worry caused by problems in somebody’s life”.
In the twenty-first century, students are indirectly becoming the victims of globalization and its challenges. Parental relationship, love failures, poor economic background, day-to-day hassles, and academic burden are the major causes of stress among students. Further, teaching and learning strategy and teacher– student relation in the classroom are some of the other causes of stress among students. Consequently, there is an urgency to design appropriate stress interventions to deal with this ever increasing problem of stress among students. In this direction, we could find only a limited number of studies in engineering institutes, where there is an increasing trend of suicide among the students .

By high school and college, many students have run out of steam. Anxiety—the mental-health tsunami of their generation—has caught up with them. Today’s students are the most anxious ever, according to mental-health surveys. They admit it themselves: In February, a Pew survey found that 70 percent of teens say anxiety and depression is a “major problem” among the students. Students feel threatened with the academic pressure and grade competition which gradually leads them toward traumatic life. At the end of the day, they reach their abode being frustrated and burnt out. When students fail constantly to secure good marks in examination, they start developing negative self-esteem, which increases the suicidal tendency among them. According to the WHO (2014) report, suicide rate is quite high among adults due to academic pressure. It has been reported that 5,857 students committed suicide because of the exam stress in India.

The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.

Studying is a cognitive process and it requires calm and cool environment. Studies have proved that students’ learning behaviour is significantly influenced by affective factors. Joyful environment has been reported to enhance learning capacity. When students work in stressful environment, it hampers their creative thinking and makes them less productive.

All this pressure on students also may lead to negative side affects. These may include acts such as cheating on tests and rash coping strategies of depression such as suicide or drugs.
A recent study in 2010 from the Rutgers Management Education Center stated that 75 percent of students that were interviewed admitted to cheating. Another study stated that the amount of student suicides has tripled over the past forty years. This is possibly due to that in the past, academics were undervalued and given little to no importance which was horrible because lack of education in people leads to very bad decisions altogether leading to a not so successful country But now, education is such a huge priority in America that kids are being over pressured and forced into horrible coping decisions such as suicide.

High stress levels could make students develop physical symptoms that could negatively affect their academic performance. These signs and symptoms include chest pain, elevated blood pressure, stomach upset, mumbled or rapid speech, nervous habits such as fidgeting, back and neck pains, tremors and trembling of lips, and frequent headaches. When a student experiences these symptoms, they might not feel the motivation they once felt about doing their best on such academic tasks as completing assignments or preparing for tests. Moreover, the symptoms are detrimental to the health of students, a factor which may father make their academic fortunes to dwindle.

Stress also makes students to have poor management skills. A student could become disorganized and uncertain about their priorities and goals as a result of suffering from high levels of stress. This could further make them incapable of effectively budgeting and managing their time. Moreover, highly stressed students have the tendency of procrastinating and neglecting such important responsibilities as meeting deadlines and completing assignments. This, of course, negatively impacts the quality of their academic work and study skills.

At the beginning of every term, comes a brand new start,

Minds are refreshed, promises made within our hearts.

Sitting on edge our bodies squirm.

New changes with the same old faces.

Time settles in, seasons past by.

Work overload has made time fly.

Teachers don’t care about social lives.

Tired minds, lazy people only know lies,

For their excuses for the reason why.

Hair all frazzled as gray hairs creep in.

Baggy eyes, sleepy heads.

A million assignments all for tomorrow.

Not completing them considered the deadliest sin.

No time for the outside world,

Only homework, projects and assignments to drive us to shreads.

Restless nights, late morning departures.

Constant late slips but completed assignments.

We , the students academic marcher,

who march and stand up to the making of ourbright futures.

Additional classes help to pursue our specfic majors.

Added experiences equal impressive resumes.

College applications,scholarship essays to be completed.

Hard work, perseverance and dilligence are what it takes,

For success to be a real sweet treat.

Excessive levels of academic stress can result in an increased prevalence of psychological and physical problems like depression, anxiety, nervousness and stress related disorders, which in turn can affect their academic results. … Students are thus, seen to be affected by the negative causes of academic stress

Stress in academic institutions can have both positive and negative consequences if not well managed.  Academic institutions have different work settings compared to non-academic and therefore one would expect the difference in symptoms, causes, and consequences of stress.

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