This training explores the positive and negative impact that stress can have on the academic lives of students. It uses the Yerkes-Dodson graph to explore the relationship between stress and performance and how too little or too much stress can negatively impact performance whilst a moderate level of stress can enhance it. The training includes activities to help students pinpoint where their current stress levels fall within the Yerkes-Dodson graph and identifies strategies to help them manage stress to optimise performance. It also provides additional reading and video resources related to stress, learning, memory and productivity for both students and staff. Overall, the training aims to help students better understand the role of stress in order to use it to their advantage and enhance their academic achievement.

Author – by Lee Parker, Occupational Therapist, Cambridge Academic Performance

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