Parents and teachers know they are stressed, but they may not realize just how stressed students are, too. According to a report issued by the American Psychological Association, the stress teens feel rivals that of adults. What’s more is that teens surveyed report that their stress level is higher during the school year, many to the point of feeling overwhelmed. The good news is that there are things that can be done to help reduce stress in the classroom, which will lead to less stress in the lives of students.
“None of us like stress, but it’s all around, even for students who should be focusing on their studies,” explains David Florence, professor and founder of The Oxford Method, a community that offers tutoring services around the country. “However, students can finish strong, and feel prepared for the next school year. We are helping students to do that daily.”
With school being a source of stress for many students, it’s helpful to take measures to reduce it in the classroom. Here are some ways to reduce stress in the classroom:
Help teach students to be prepared and up to speed academically. Doing this will include making sure they have the information they need so they feel well prepared, ensuring that they understand the materials, and getting them assistance when and if it’s needed. For example, some students may benefit from additional tutoring, which will help them with better understanding the material and being prepared.
Find ways to create a relaxing learning environment. This can be done by choosing to have a positive attitude, teaching students about mindfulness and breathing exercises, and having a calm corner.
Let students know that they can approach the teacher and other adults at the school if they have issues or questions, or need help. If they feel they have to figure everything out on their own, it will be more stressful. Knowing they can get additional help and have those they can turn to will help bring about ease.
Encourage students to adopt healthy living habits. This includes focusing on getting enough sleep each night, eating healthy foods, getting exercise, and not engaging in activities that may bring more stress into their life, such as skipping classes or vaping in the restroom.
Discuss stress with students and teach them ways that they can help to address it. In giving them healthy ways to reduce stress, there can also be a “check the stress at the door” policy, so that students enter the classroom leaving all the stress baggage at the door.
“Many students are stressed out because they need additional help, clarification, and a better educational foundation,” added Florence. “While teachers work on reducing the stress in the classroom, we help many students with gaining skills so they understand the materials better and don’t fall behind. The work we do with students is great at helping stress dissolve and students to become more confident.”
About the Oxford Method
The Oxford Method believes that education is the great equalizer and the best gift you can give the next generation. Subject areas include science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as business, social studies, psychology, English, history, public speaking, study methods, test taking, and more. To get more information about The Oxford Method, visit the website at: https://theoxfordmethod.com.