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Signs & symptoms of anxiety:

  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense

  • Having sense of impending danger, panic or doom

  • Having an increased heart rate

  • Breathing rapidly

  • Sweating

  • Trembling

  • Feeling weak or tired

  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry

  • Having trouble sleeping

  • Experiencing gastrointestinal problems

  • Having difficulty controlling worry

  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

Transitioning to Online classes:

  • Know that your instructor is working through hiccups too

  • Have realistic expectations for yourself, your classmates, and your instructor

  • Plan ahead

  • Optimize your internet and don’t panic when you get disconnected

  • Be aware of what others can see and hear

  • Learn how to mute your audio

  • Learn how to send a private message

  • Minimize distractions

  • Participate

    • Set a designated area just for studying (not the dining room table or living room if there are distractions)

    • Keep your regular class routine

    • Reach out to your professor if you need additional help

    • Attend all online lectures and be attentive

    • Try to stay free from distractions

    • Remember: online classes are just as important as in person classes

 Study Habits:

  • Designate areas in your house for specific tasks

    • Only eat at the dining room table

    • Watch television and relax on your couch

    • Work at a desk

    • Sleep only in your bed – do not use this as a study space

  • Do not procrastinate

    • Set a visible schedule for yourself

      • 8:00am – wake up

      • 9:00am – be dressed and ready to work

      • 12:00pm – lunch

      • 1:00pm – study

      • 3:00pm – break

      • 3:15pm – study

      • 4:15pm – workout

      • 5:15 – dinner

  • Ask family and friends to keep you accountable & respect the fact that you have to study

  • Put objects that motivate you near your work area (apple, weights, coffee, flowers, pictures of family/pets, etc.)

How to handle academic anxiety:

  • Use breathing exercises to help manage anxiety

    • Tense entire body for 30 seconds then slowly release

    • Use the apple watch to set a timer that reminds you to breath

    • Resonant breathing

      • Inhale for 6 seconds

      • Exhale for 6 seconds

    • Practice meditation- let thoughts flow and breathe your way Try this free exercise.


If you are struggling with your coursework, please reach out to your academic advisor or visit our academic resource page. There are many resources available to assist during this time. If you there is an academic issue you’ve been unable to resolve, email so we can help.

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