• Different types of stress • Harmful effects of quick fixes • Physical health • Mental health
You don't get what you want: you get what you are.
The previous chapter exploded a few myths about studying and offered you new ways of thinking about being a student, to help you keep your studies in healthy perspective. In addition, you may find it helpful to reflect on ways in which you cope with stress when it inevitably arises.
Curiously enough, you may be unaware of being stressed, even if you are under considerable strain. Stress is like second nature to many students. Ironically, although colleges and universities are meant to be places where people learn to think, students rarely think deeply about themselves. The student rave, the college bar, the TV room or the computer can provide instant, mindless relief: for many, that's the first and last resort, but such escapism doesn't do much for their grades.
students are often stressed…
…but unaware of it
You stand a much better chance of exam success if you can recognise stressful patterns of behaviour, realise the dangers of quick fixes and find healthy ways of dealing with stress. Therefore, the aim of this chapter is to help you promote your general wellbeing as part of your exam preparation.