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We live in a time when the pace of peoples life is quite fast There is practically no time to do things Tasks papers exams meetings interviews and appointments are some of the many events that a student constantly performs throughout their learning process However when a student starts to have an overload of all these events stress appears Frey and Davidson define stress as an organisms total response to environmental demands or pressures 2011 Stress in a students life impacts many areas including academic performance physical health and emotional healthOne of the consequences of stress on students is academic performance Students are under pressure from teachers parents and college admissions counselors to maintain high grade point averages score well on high-stakes tests participate in a variety of extracurricular activities and gain admission to top colleges In fact surveys conducted by Christie Blazer have found that most students identify academic pressure as the main reason for their stress 2011 While it has long been assumed that struggling students are most prone to academic stress recent studies indicate that high achievers are especially vulnerable to school-related stress Blazer 2010 So stress is reflected in the students academic life If a student does not have adequate control of stress this can cause the students performance to not be the best The following is a hypothetical case which demonstrates the impact of stress in academic performance John a student of International Business and Economics must submit the final exam Algebra and Functions but if he does not pass this test he fails the course and therefore he must take the course for the third time He has been studying all week to pass the test At the time of the test he feels very nervous his stomach crunches his pulse quickens his hands starts to sweat he experiences dry mouth and his heart beats at an accelerated rate John takes the test under
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