Students of all ages may experience academic stress. Stress is the body’s way of reacting to something. Students exhibit stress in various ways. Physical symptoms may include headaches, stomach aches, sleepiness or nausea. Emotional symptoms may include withdrawal, anger, crying, feeling anxious or hopeless. Students may have trouble eating or sleeping as well.
If parents begin to notice any of these symptoms in their children, it may be important to determine if academic stress or test anxiety is the cause. Students can’t always communicate with parents or teachers about exactly what may be bothering them. Sometimes they may just seem moody or tired and parents don’t realize that their child is experiencing academic stress.
If students are dealing with academic stress or test anxiety, there are strategies and techniques that can be used to empower them to overcome the stress and anxiety. Paulette Nadel, Ed.D., uses a holistic approach to identify the causes and effects of academic stress. She then employs strategies and techniques to help students be better prepared overall and capable of reducing the anxiety. Students gain self-confidence and grades often improve.