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How Stress Impacts Us

March 22, 2019 | By Jonathan

Have you ever felt you had not prepared adequately and so, were never confidently ready for a test like H2 Chemistry or H2 Physics or H2 Math test even though you had been working very hard, burning the midnight oil and even attending extra A Level Chemistry tuition or A Level Physics or A-Level Math classes that in the first place you thought you never really needed?  Have you ever dragged yourself to a tuition class like A Level Chemistry or A Level Physics or  A Level Math Tuition class, thinking that no matter how many revision papers you’ had done, you would never be fully prepared?   If it’s a “Yes” to any of the above questions, then you are experiencing stress.

Interestingly, where does stress come from?

Education requirements have become more demanding due to technological advancement which drastically affects the way we live and work, and technologies will undoubtedly continue to morph further at a greater pace.  So will our lifestyles and work processes. Consequently, education has to keep up with these new changes in order to help us cope and adapt to societal expectation.  It is inevitable that we have to ride the waves of challenges in education whether we profess we are ready or not.

Parents indubitably want the best for their children, especially in education, whereupon they demand the best from educators to deliver well.  On the other hand, educators expect no less than satisfactory input from students to produce an acceptable outcome in terms of grades as they associate learning outcomes to their professional performance.  In turn, students themselves want to do their best in their education to meet both the expectation of their parents and schools.

This never-ending intertwined cycle has resulted in the build-up of unnecessary pressure for the whole society.   Nonetheless, many people question the need for tuition. Whilst some feel that tuition is unnecessary and also induces more stress on students, the other camp feels that without the much-needed advantage of extra help for students, the ideal grades will remain elusive and exclusive to a few intellectually endowed.

Does resorting to tuition reflects the inadequacy of the education system?  It is fatuous to argue in such a dichotomy. Opting for tuition like H2 Chemistry or H2 Physics or H2 Math Tuition should be viewed as a complement to the schools rather than a substitute for the lack of competency on the part of the teachers on the whole or the shortcomings of the education system.  As discussed above, the multi-fold demands placed on students to perform and excel academically is inevitable due to new technologies, particularly in the context of a small nation as Singapore whose sole resource rests on the shoulders of each generation. As most parents understand the competition we face arises not simply amongst the students but also with other countries in this globalised world, education must apparently be top priority in the search for a bright future for their children.

Needless to say, as students are born with different learning capabilities and personality traits toward academic pursuits, all parents would want to do their best for their children.  The most effective route to take is to enrol their children for tuition, in subjects like H2 Chemistry Tuition or H2 Physics Tuition or H2 Math Tuition. A good tutor in the right educational centre will definitely make a world of difference to a weak student struggling in his or her studies as much needed assistance can be within reach. Even for better students who feel that they can cope with their studies, a good tutor will be able to give the crucial final push for a distinction in subjects like H2 Chemistry or H2 Physics or H2 Math.  It is with this understanding that tuition must be viewed as playing a critical complementary role for students and put all students on a level playing field with their peers in their pursuit of academic excellence.

Stress can come from another source: peer pressure. Peer pressure induces stress as students tend to compete with their peers and compare their academic achievements obsessively in order to keep up with the standard demanded of each cohort at each level of studies. The fear of losing out to their peers is too conscionable to ignore. There is simply too much at stake.

The stakeholders, in this case, their parents and teachers, and in the long run, their future employers, expect excellent results as proof as well as a measure of their knowledge acquisition and potential in job performance. With their future progressively carved out from academic achievements, students naturally feel the heavy burden to do well in their studies. By taking the responsibility seriously, subsequently, pressure builds up which leads to stress.   Since stress is unavoidable, it is pertinent that students learn to manage stress, unless one chooses to opt out of the academic race completely which is never advisable.

Stress could be a push for one to persevere and even excel.  At times, stress can force one to strive under adverse conditions and leads one to go beyond a seemingly unreachable goal, like a distinction in H2 Chemistry or H2 Physics or H2 Math.  Equally, it could be a contributing factor that reduces productivity, immobilising one to blank out or give up and call out, “I quit!”.  In fact, stress has been shown to lead to depression and untreated depression could have devastating effects on one’s wellbeing. Under such circumstances, one must seek timely help from professional counsellors and doctors.

So, how can we manage stress?

When was the last time you took a break to do what you like most? It could be heading out with friends for a satisfying meal or a lighthearted movie or staying at home watching your favourite show on Netflix or reading a book you have been wanting to lay hands on.  When was the last time you’ve sat down meditatively, thought long and hard and dawned on you that there are more to life than just studying and preparing for your next exams? If you have not created a balance in your life, stress might weigh you down. Drop your book and walk out of your studies once in a while, especially when you feel overwhelmed or cornered.

Spend some time with your family to understand more about what is going on in their lives and plan an activity with them for the next weekend. Do not let your parents remind you to study. Instead, remind them that you need a break for a day and you would like to spend some time with them or your friends. You may also carve out quiet time for yourself. You can go jogging in the neighbourhood park or stroll along the beach. Even sitting down under a shady tree by the sea doing practically nothing but listening to the rhythmic splashing of the waves is rejuvenating. Hit the gym or do some sports as exercising has the twinning effect of relaxing the body as well as the mind, thanks to the release of endorphins.

Listening to some instrumental music is rather relaxing. Inexplicably, some youth today enjoy loud punk rock music and claim it is their means of de-stressing.   Whatever it takes to de-stress, just do it. You owe yourself a much-needed respite from the bombardment of school work. But most importantly, learn to manage your time efficiently. Prioritise your school work and do not feel embarrassed or even ashamed of seeking help.

Should you need the extra push, ask your parents to  “invest” in your academic pursuits by enrolling you in a reputable good tuition centre for your H2 Chemistry Tuition or H2 Physics Tuition or H2 Math Tuition.  By seeking help from professional tutors, you apparently help yourself to reduce stress as understanding key concepts and supporting points helps you to manage your studies better, thereby leading to more productive use of your time. In addition, the time freed can be used to bond with your family members or friends, or indulge in your hobbies.

In conclusion, do not be drowned in the black hole en route to higher education and future career. Plan your own schedule, know what your limit is, and do not let stress affect your performance and relationships. Education is more than just grades after all.  The road to success may be arduous but it needs not be lonely and desperate.

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