Many teens out there have had the experience of struggling with a particular subject at school, with feeling anxious or unprepared before a test, or with feeling unsure about why learning and achieving at school can feel so difficult at times. So with most of the school year still ahead, what better time to make sure that you are starting off on a good foot when it comes to your academics and not frequently having these kinds of unpleasant experiences? Read on to learn what may be getting in the way for you at school, and what you can do about it.
There is a lot to stay on top of in school these days – papers and tests, learning a tremendous amount of information in many different subjects all at once, and balancing school work with extra-curricular activities. It is no wonder that teens can feel stressed out and overwhelmed at times, and understandable that any obstacles to learning and doing well in school are going to feel particularly frustrating. And these obstacles can be a lack of effective and productive study habits, learning disorders, or mental health issues – all of which can interfere with learning.
Some teens have difficulty in school, or in particular subjects, because they simply have not learned helpful study habits. So below FX has listed some tips to help you improve your study habits:
Dealing With Anxiety Before Tests
Many teens experience test-taking anxiety, especially in the subjects that tend to feel difficult for them. If you feel nervous the morning of your test (which is sometimes why people go blank and forget what they have studied), consider doing the following:
Issues Around Learning That Can Interfere With Taking Tests
Some people find that they have difficulties learning a particular subject – like algebra or chemistry. Other people have specific learning disabilities – processing problems or dyslexia – that can interfere with academics in general. Either way, there are tutors and other professionals who can help people with specific learning needs to develop special learning methods that will help them to excel in school. So if you find that a particular subject is difficult for you to understand, or something makes learning in general more challenging for you, consider talking to a counselor at school and/or your parents so that arrangements can be made for you to get the help you need.
Mental Health Issues That Can Interfere With Taking Tests
If you are worried that there are issues beyond study habits that might be interfering with your test-taking abilities, talk to a school counselor or mental health professional. Mental health issues, such as ADHD, depression, and anxiety disorders (to name a few) can all interfere with our ability to concentrate, retain information, and generally achieve with academic settings. It has nothing to do with how intelligent a person is – and since there are treatment options for these types of mental health issues, many people find that achieving in school becomes significantly easier once these kinds of issues are diagnosed and treated.
If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area.
Whether it is study habits, specific learning issues, or mental health issues – there are many reasons why a person may have trouble with tests or generally achieving in school. However, FX would like to stress that this is nothing to feel badly about – and that it takes a great deal of intelligence and honesty and good sense to reach out for help with whatever school-related problems may arise!