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"When the pressure and stress of the semester begins to build and you can't
imagine how you can possibly accomplish everything you need to do, make a
list. Include everything that needs to be done on the list, including homework,
class assignments, grocery shopping, laundry and even partying. Then make
a weekly schedule. Fit all of your tasks within the weekly schedule. This
will help you to be more organized, less overwhelmed and remember everything
you need to do. You will find that there is indeed time to fit everything
in. When you have completed one of the tasks on your list, cross it off.
Crossing everything off the list is a good feeling of accomplishment. This
is also a great way to see how much you actually do during the day and pat
yourself on the back for a job well done."
|- By Sue Amendolara
"You know that academic success depends on achieving satisfactory grades.
Sometimes, however, students who are typically successful find their academic
performance begins to slide for personal reasons. Prolonged unhappiness or
dissatisfaction with one's self or one's relationships with others can drain
a student's energy and become a hindrance to academic effectiveness. Yes,
students can get depressed or anxious and find themselves having a hard time
shaking it off. It's not an unusual occurrence; but if it goes on for weeks,
you should be concerned. When social or emotional issues get in the way in
your life, do something about it. The first step is to find someone with
whom you can talk about it. This usually makes a world of difference. Don't
continue to hold it in. Get a self- help book or audiotape, even consult
a counselor. Take care of yourself by eating and sleeping regularly, and
get exercise. Make yourself go to class. Fight back and work to regain control
of your life. Your emotional health and academic success go hand in hand.
Keep a handle on both."
|- By Michael Bucell
"I find that many students have already acquired pretty good study habits.
So, unless they have basic skill problems in areas like reading and math,
they actually possess the ability to take notes effectively, manage their
time, and so on. So, what gets in the way of effective performance in the
classroom? I believe that "anxiety" is the culprit. Many students put themselves
down by believing that they are "stupid" and "ineffective," especially in
comparison with their peers. These feelings of inadequacy can lead to the
paralyzing anxiety that "blocks" successful performance in the classroom
-- especially on tests. I have personally experienced this gut-wrenching
feeling and kicked myself later for making those dumb mistakes that result
when anxiety gets in the way. In order to overcome anxiety, I recommend the
Gain temporary control of your anxiety by practicing relaxation techniques
during especially anxious times. Deep breathing combined with muscular tensing
and relaxing can be helpful. Massage and meditation can help too.
Work on feeling better about yourself. Try replacing negative thinking with
positive thoughts. Praise yourself once in a while and forgive yourself for
mistakes. Read books, such as David Burns' Feeling Good, that suggest ways
to improve your feelings of self-worth.
In general, try being your own best friend!"
|- By Dr. Salene Cowher
|General Stress Reduction
"As classes become more demanding, you need to consider ways to reduce stress.
There are certainly a few things not to do, such as procrastinate. If you
have a project or paper assigned early in the semester, get started on it
right away. In order to do your best job, you need to spend a lot of time
on it. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day. Also, don't work long hours
without rest. Ideally, you should sleep seven to eight hours daily to function
properly. One activity that reduces stress is exercise. Whether it be jogging,
bicycling, basketball, racquetball, swimming, or a daily walk, make sure
you make time to exercise. Remember, to help reduce stress, don't procrastinate,
get plenty of rest, and exercise regularly."
|- By Gary Grant
"When the pressure seems to be getting to you, don't reach for the aspirin
bottle. Try one of these instant stress relievers. Take six deep breaths.
Slowly breathe through your nose and out your mouth. Visit the Bahamas or
any other pleasant place through your imagination. Visualize the scene in
detail. Hug someone. Four hugs every day will do a lot to calm you down.
Change your scene. Walk to the window, watch the birds, take a stroll down
the hall. Go outside and breathe deeply for two minutes. Exercise and stretching
will improve your mind. Jog up the staircase. Find something or someone who
will make you laugh. Stress can often come from taking yourself or your task
too seriously. Ask yourself what is the worst possible thing that could happen
if you made a mistake or missed the deadline. Lastly, change your focus.
Think about your out of class life and focus on what you'll do this weekend
or this evening."
|- By Barbara Kantz
"We all know the importance of maintaining a car. We can push it to the limit,
but sooner or later it starts to run poorly. By setting aside some time for
a little maintenance, we can keep it running smoothly and efficiently.
Unfortunately, we tend to forget these simple truths when they're applied
to college life. We push ourselves to keep up with demands and ignore warning
signs such as decreased productivity and a negative attitude. We fail to
recognize that some time spent on rest and relaxation may actually save time
in the long run. People often notice that their mood improves and they work
more effectively after taking a break. Personal maintenance may include very
simple and inexpensive activities such as taking a walk in the snow, having
dinner with a friend, or listening to some favorite music. So take a little
time out today to do something fun and relaxing -- your system just might
run a little smoother tomorrow."
|- By Gary LaBine
"Have you ever thought about the influence of the person you see in the mirror?
It takes a mature person to honestly evaluate themselves. It takes a strong
person to recognize self-imposed barriers and to do something about them.
Some of us have told ourselves or were told by others that we didn't possess
the qualities of a good student. It then becomes easy to quit trying and
to stay in groups that mock things like good study habits, regular reading
in the library, and shooting for the best you can do. This is an understandable
coping response, but we have to be willing to reassess ourselves. These are
things that influence who we will be in the future, how we feel about ourselves,
and the opportunities we will have. Cast aside those behaviors that make
school unnecessarily harder and limit your potential. Start today."
|- By Roy Shinn
|. Reaching Out Can Make a
"Did you know that college students are considered one of the most depressed
and lonely groups when compared to the general population? I know this not
only through my studies, but also through personal experiences. Often students
try to deal with these problems with parties and drinking. My tip is an exception
to that rule. Instead, look to friends, professors, religion, or anything
that will have personal meaning to you. The more real time you spend with
meaningful people and activities, the more alive you will feel. There are
so many worthwhile activities and people at your university just waiting
for you to discover them. You will be surprised how many people are looking
for the same type of interaction you need. On a campus with thousands of
people, if you reach out often enough you will find friends and maybe even
a few soulmates. I know this, because I have."
|- By Tacie Thomas
|The Secret to True Success
"The pressures of student life, and life in general can be overly stressful
and overwhelming, driving many to seek escape, refuge, or relief. We've all
heard the many slogans: "Just Say No," "This is your brain on drugs" (the
fried-egg commercial), "Don't Drink and Drive" etc. Some sound pretty lame,
some sound boring, but yet they're actually true. We've heard them 1,000
times from 1,000 different people. Well, here we go again with one more.
TRUE SUCCESS IN LIFE MEANS TO TREAT YOUR BODY RIGHT!
Keep the impurities out and let your life begin. Learn to love yourself--for
real. You are who you hang with. Surround yourself with positive people,
places and things. If you want to be strong in this world, hang with those
who are strong in this world.
|- By Catrece Edwards
Since December 1999 - last modified: October 09, 2008