Studies reveal that one’s emotional state can affect their overall performance in class.
Notably, a little anxiety about an upcoming exam or assignment is perceived as a normal thing;
however, such anxiety can build up to hinder one's capability to store new information.
Consequently, this has had a significant impact on the performance of most students in the US.
Interestingly, studies reveal that anxiety has lately risen amongst students. In the past five years,
the number of students with the mental problem due to learning anxiety has doubled (Stenger,
2018). Fundamentally, this crisis affects the performance of many students in the class. As such,
the paper aims at exploring how anxiety affects performance and certain interventions that can be
adapted to lower learning anxiety.
Several studies reveal that anxiety has a significant impact on how the brains operate;
thus, affecting the learning ability. According to such studies, stress often causes the brain to
perform new connections, which are essential in processing further information, especially in
learning. Anxiety and stress often activate flight response, which eventually triggers
psychological and physiological changes towards one's ability to react to an impending danger
(Stenger, 2018). As a result, heart rate, breathing speeds, and body temperature increase. In the
context of learning, this blocks one's ability to higher processing, and this makes it difficult for
the learner to retain information. If this happens for a longer time, the learner finds it difficult to
conceptualize a lot of information while learning, which affects their ability to perform well.
There are specific approaches that one can use to lower learning anxiety and possible improve
their learning abilities.
One of the ways to get rid of learning anxiety is to identify one's source of stress. The
fists step to overcoming anxiety is to determine what makes one feel anxiety as this can help
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them tackle their problems effectively. However, if one is unable to identify the cause of stress, it
is recommended that they write their daily events to identify unhealthier patterns in their daily
routines. Essentially, this can help one to avoid specific things that subject them to anxiety; thus,
lowering their learning abilities. In this case, stress can result from unrealistic expectations, lack
of sleep, or even too much caffeine (Stenger, 2018).
Also, it is crucial to seek professional support as it can help one cope up with their
anxiety (Stenger, 2018). Besides, studies reveal that people with good social support networks
have good stress management capabilities, and they tend to live longer compared to the latter.
Therefore, one needs to seek support from professionals, such as counselors or teachers, as this
can help them to cope up with their anxiety. Notably, for someone learning abroad, it is even
advised that they build a social network in their new location by allocating time to socialize with
the people around them.
Moreover, mind and body are closely connected; therefore, one should practice a good
lifestyle to improve their mental and physical health (Stenger, 2018). As such, if one feels over-
anxious, it is recommended that they take the right food, have plenty of sleep, and exercise
regularly as this can improve the state of mind. Studies reveal that regular physical exercise
reduces stress and anxiety; thus, increasing brain performance.
In conclusion, anxiety is currently the main problem affecting most students, thus
lowering their learning capabilities. As mentioned, anxiety affects performance by affecting
one's brain performance. Over anxiety affects how one's brain processes information, which in
turn affects their capability to retain information. As such, it is essential to adopt effective
measures that can help one to overcome anxiety and improve their performance. Some of the
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interventions include; regular physical exercise, seeking professional support, and identifying the
cause of stress.
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Stenger, M. (2018, January 22). Learning Anxiety: 10 Ways to Calm Your Mind. Retrieved from