Constant anxiety about schoolwork

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

You need a routine. Once you realize that you can indeed get the work done, it should ease up a bit.

Try to make sure you relax! Come up with a good routine to unwind every night and stop thinking about school.

Also put things into perspective. School isn’t the be-all and end-all. You get good grades, you don’t need perfect grades (right?? lol).

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@southernbelle381:  It doesn’t seem like this a problem that requires medication. School IS stressful, but it sounds like you need to learn some stress management techniques. One of the awesome things about being a student is that you have (free) access to mental health counselors who have tons of experience helping students reach their goals without losing their sanity. Make an appointment! 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@southernbelle381:  what year are you? I used to be like this early on. Now I’m a senior. Wanna know what I did today? Had a large assignment due at 5pm. Woke up at 5:30 am with hopes of starting. Didn’t look at it until 10am, at which time I realized I would have to skip class from 11-1230. Too lazy to go to professor for questions. Took lunch break. Panicked. Rushed through it. Submitted at 4:30pm and I expect to get around >90%. Why did I do this? because I know my limits. I know that I can finish when in a hurry. What kind of student are you? Do you work better under stress? Then maybe you need to realize that procrastinating CAN BE ok if you plan accordingly. You need 5 hrs to do an assignment? Designate that time – and stop worrying about it until your time block

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

If you’re getting your homework done in usually 2 hrs a night, you are in good shape. Make yourself a study schedule on paper, with the amount of time you think each class and big project assignment will need, and post it where you normally study. Add time on it for your job applications. The visual reminder that you actually have enough time in the day may help you feel less overwhelmed. Do you have MWF and Tues/Thurs classes? If you are getting anxious about whether you will get your homework done for class the night before a class, try doing the homework for that class the day you get the assignment. That way, if it takes extra time, you still have some time the night before. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I’m the same way! The best advice I can give to you is to not procrastinate. Just get done what you can as soon as possible. You are making decent grades, so if you think you can take some time away from your studies and applying for jobs each week to just have some time for yourself I would do that. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@southernbelle381:  I think it does sound like you have a time mangagement problem in that you need to begin an assignment much earlier than just the night before, especially if you are in college! 

For me, I had to begin the homework assignment at least a few days before it was due. I’m not sure what kind of turn around time you have with your homework (assigned –> turned in –>handed back), but for me personally I would read the assignment and write out all the problems within a day or so of the assignment (assignments are usually given on coursework from the week leading up)…so you want the problems fresh in your mind. Then you can take the night or the next day to think about your hw problems. If something seems unsolvable, that’s what the TAs are for! Ask them. They are there to help you!! Once you’ve thought about the assignment and given yourself time to digest it, you’ll be much better prepared to deal with it. 

I remember having to start many assignments 4+ days before they were due so that I could finish up others. 20 credit hours a quarter was rough!!

ETA: You do not need a prescription for anxiety! You are your own worst enemy and you are psyching yourself out. Figure out how long it will take for an assignment before hand (as suggested by PPs) and then section that time off before the assignment is due and don’t worry about it until you sit down to work on it (this too has worked for me) OR be prepared and plan ahead. Make a routine for each class. Rule of thumb is that for every 1 hour of a medium difficulty class, you should spend 2 hours studying. If you are taking 12 credit hours, that means you need to study 24 (ok no one really studies that much… but you get what I mean), so you spend a total of 38-40 hours a week being a full time student.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee

i dont know how well you use a calendar but it is very important. that and making to do list! write everything down because then it wont just be sitting in your brain for you to be thinking about and stressing about. Also it helps to have something you can cross off because seeing that you are accomplishing your task will reduce stress a lot.

I would think you are using a planner because i dont know how anyone could make it through college without constantly writing/checking important dates and assignments.

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