Behavioral Symptoms

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.

  • VIDEO: Working through procrastination
  • VIDEO: Note taking
  • VIDEO: Active study strategies