Behavioral symptoms of academic anxiety can be seen in a student’s habits and behavior. An academically anxious person may take behavioral measures to avoid situations that evoke those feelings of worry. Some examples are:
- Avoidance or procrastination of anxiety-inducing task (such as homework or studying)
- Intentionally putting low effort into task due to fear of failure (perfectionistic avoidance)
- Working on an unrelated (not anxiety-inducing) task
- Giving up or saying “I don’t know” instead of persevering through anxiety-inducing task
Relaxation and reframing techniques help with the behavioral symptoms of academic anxiety, but there are other things a student can do by changing their study and learning habits.