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Justin Chando By Justin Chando • April 21, 2016

New, Digital Essay Series on Student Stress and Time Management Now Available


Student stress is on our radar - superkids, stretched thin, learning how to keep up with the demands of school, family, and friends while prepping for the ominous "real world."

We sat down as a team to talk about student stress and time management. We compared notes, newspaper articles, academic studies, and feedback on how our student time management tools were used in the Chalkup platform. We learned a few things.

First - there is a story to tell here. The escalating demands on student performance are leading more students and parents to report feelings of stress, anxiety, or other mental health issues.

Second - there is more research to be done to address student stress. And there is no one perfect solution. The studies we looked at showed promise in imparting more time management training. The students who learned to balance, delegate, and manage their schedule were better positioned to cope with school-related stress. That caught our eye.

We've compiled our findings into four essays on student stress and time management - all take about 10 minutes to read. If you're interested in joining the conversation, sign up below and get an essay a day in your inbox, plus lots of links to other stress and time management resources. A preview of the first essay is below. Enjoy.


Essay 1: What's Really Going on With Student Stress?

There is a justified fear that the modern student is being worn thin.

Last year, a study out of New York University examined two highly-competitive private schools in the Northeast to measure engagement, stress coping mechanisms, mental health, and related substance abuse.

About half (48%) of students reported having more than three hours of homework a night. Further, about half (49%) reported feeling “a great deal of stress” on a regular basis. Another 31% reported being “somewhat stressed.”

A panel of private school experts convened in the fourth stage of the project to interpret data collected from the students. Ultimately, the panel identified a cycle of “escalating demands and expectations” leveled at students in top-tier institutions.

On one end of the spectrum, students coped through exercise, developing strong planning skills, and seeking balance in their activities. On the other end of the spectrum, the panel saw overwhelmed students who suffered from emotional exhaustion and lethargy, with over 30% turning to drugs or alcohol to cope.

And student stress is by no means limited to private institutions.

Nearly 40% of parents say their high school student experiences “a lot of stress from school,” according to a 2013 NPR poll conducted with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. The survey focused on parents of randomly-selected K-12 students in public or public charter schools ending in May/June 2013.

Experts concluded that students who built time management skills were best positioned to reduce their stress.

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