How I manage academic pressure! ( 6C 33 )

Examinations have long been a part of my life, especially as I live in Hong Kong, A “paradise” for workaholics. Therefore, pressure always stays with me. Taking this short essay as an example, it took me three days to prepare and write it. In order to relieve my stress, I always do the following two things which I think are effective.

Developing a long-term hobby is the easiest solution to alleviating stress. When we are concentrating on the things we are interested in, we can forget the hard times of doing lots of homework and assessments. My hobby is playing basketball. To most of the people, it is not special at all. In my opinion, considering the imminent arrival of public examinations, we should choose a hobby which is as ordinary as possible instead of some requiring special tools or venues like fencing. It is difficult to hold a fencing match every week as it’s expensive and time-consuming. Selecting long-term hobbies instead of one-off ones can ensure the stability of time management. Changing a hobby during the examination period may mess up our timetables and it may take time to learn a new sport or a musical instrument. Therefore, finding a long-term hobby can help relieve our stress from academic work.

Having a positive attitude towards examinations can also help us to have stable emotions. It is impossible to convince ourselves that studying is always fun and pressure-free but we can treat them as other things that we like. Taking those examinations as a mission from our parents may push our negative moods to the peak and we will lose our motivation. Instead, treating them as something we love can help release our pressure and even boost our studying efficiency. For example, since most of us enjoy staying with our friends, we can treat the HKDSE as a battle we fight together with our peers. Having the support from each other can motivate us to work more effectively, efficiently and most importantly, more happily!

To conclude, pressure is everywhere. So why don’t we just treat it with a positive attitude. If I have a choice on my lifestyle again, I would still choose to live under some pressure because considerable pressure pushes me further and makes my life more meaningful.

I hope everyone enjoys studying more and handles their pressure with a positive attitude.

By Wu Chun 6C (33)

School Life ( 6C 28 )

As a secondary school student, it is inevitable to gain pressure from different perspectives including academic results, our family or even from our peers. The problem is more common and severe in senior forms since they will have to face the public examination very soon. In order not to get stressed, it is vital for us to handle these pressures well. Otherwise, we will be suffering from depression and our performance will also be affected.

There are thousands of ways for us to alleviate the pressure we gain from our daily life but what’s more important is that we have to find the way which suits us the most. As long as we all have our own way to release the pressure, our mental conditions will remain normal and healthy.

In general, I believe the best method to control our pressure is to have sufficient sleep. Once you have got enough sleep, you will have nothing to worry about. Moreover, having a good night’s sleep keeps us conscious, which provides us with a clear mind to gain knowledge at school. With all these positive effects, handling your pressure is just a piece of cake.

Now, I would like to tell all of you my special way to relax, which is reading fashion magazines. I have been reading fashion magazines since primary school and fashion is also one of my many interests. When I get tired or stressed, I’ll randomly pick one from my book shelf and start flipping through it. I will be delighted whenever I see stylish clothes from all around the world and how celebrities mix and match their gowns in order to shine bright on the red carpet.

In short, everyone has his own way to release his pressure. Just find the suitable one and you will be able to overcome most of your hardships.

By TO Man Fung 6C (28)

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