The Anxious Student

Danger is everywhere, even though what makes students anxious is often unknown. Not knowing what is expected and conflict are primary causes of anxiety. Unknown and unfamiliar situations raise their anxiety; and high, unreasonable self-expectations increase anxiety, also. These students often have trouble making decisions.

  • Let him/her discuss feelings and thoughts. Often this relieves a great deal of pressure.
  • Reassure, when appropriate.
  • Remain calm.
  • Be clear and explicit.


  • Make things more complicated.
  • Take responsibility for his/her emotional state.
  • Overwhelm him/her with information or ideas.