Stress Management: 7 Easy Tips for Stress-Free Learning

Everyone wants a stress-free lifestyle. Stress is the major culprit for dozen aches and pains, and we always work towards its elimination. We always look forward to a work-free weekend or just a lazy morning where we won’t need to wake up to the sound of an alarm clock. Come Mondays, it’s stress country all over again, a vicious cycle in a normal waking person’s life.

But come to think of it, stress has its purpose. It motivates people to act quickly, and it makes us realize the value of free time. That’s why, more than anything else, we use the term stress management as a way to cope with our situation for it speaks not of absence but of control.

Learning tasks are definitely filled with stressful situations – constant homework assignments, looming deadlines, and grades make up only half of that equation. In this case, how do we make things simpler for our studies? What are the appropriate stress management tips that we could apply to our learning?

Here are some easy tips to make your learning stress-free:

  1. Always work with a schedule – Though it’s one of the hardest things to really commit to, having a work schedule takes away most of the brunt of work. For one, it decreases the chance of having to cram your work. More opportunities for studying is also increase with a consistent work schedule which translates to less studying in the long run.
  2. Do advanced work – or simply read ahead. Among all things, we tend to get pressed for time because we need to catch-up with our reading. If you set aside some time to read topics ahead, then listening to lectures become more interesting, and you get to have more time with other things. Imagine not reading the assigned homework because you already read about it a week before; quite easy right?
  3. Write notes – Again, an easy tip but something that most neglect to do. Note-taking supposedly helps a person re-experience his own initial understanding of the topic. It’s not just about writing what the lecturer puts on the board; it’s all about making mindful reflections of what’s being discussed. If you need more help about this, take a peek at our article about making lecture notes (and listening to lectures) more interesting.
  4. Do your homework – Since lectures usually can’t cover everything about a topic, most professors rely on homework assignments to broaden the knowledge of their students. It may be in the form of small projects, research work, or reading assignments but the purpose is the same: making students look beyond what’s been discussed. Incidentally, we have an article about interesting ways to do homework, browse it for some quick tips.
  5. Hack your study time – Given an hour and 10 homework assignments, do you use the full hour to finish one assignment, or finish 5 assignments incompletely? It’s actually more feasible to do the 5 assignments in that short amount of time, and just flesh out the details after. This is known as the Pareto Principle, and is very helpful to become more productive. If you seem to think that you don’t have enough time on your hands, maybe you could prioritize using the Pareto Principle by finding which 20% contribute the most effect to your study.
  6. Ask for help – Doing things by one’s self is certainly a commendable thing, but sometimes there would be tasks that require a helping hand. Stress management becomes easier when you could share your experiences with others. Go out of your way to befriend people – at the very least, you make another acquaintance.
  7. Contribute to the class – Join recitation and participate in class. Whether it’s doing live-chat online or joining a discussion at a traditional classroom, participating in class helps you understand more of any topic.  Remember, communities help the online learner. Don’t be afraid to say your opinion, and engage the brains of your classmates.

Just do a couple of these and you’ll find that stress management becomes easy as pie. Do you have your own suggestions for stress management? Feel free to post in our comments!

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