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How to Deal with Academic Pressure: 3 Tips to Help You Cope with Stress

February 06, 2018

How to Deal with Academic Pressure: 3 tips to Help You Cope with Stress

how to deal with stress

I have skipped the last week of January in publishing my last post relating to HTML and CSS programming language because of my insufficient time to write it. Being bombarded with school work has been a struggle for many students especially to those who have extra curricular activities after school. With exam pressures and anxiety received daily, academic stress can become a struggle to students as early as middle school (Huffpost, 2013).

Academic stress can get the best of you if you do not know how to deal with them. Time and scheduling, being organize plays a vital role in your overall performance. Below are my three tips to help you cope with stress.

1. Manage Your Time

Remember that there is only 24 hours in a day and it may seem like it's long but in reality once you get started with your school works or extra curricular activities, you'll notice that 24 hours is not enough to finish all your work especially if you're one of those students who likes to cram the day before their homework is due.

Cramming essentially makes you stressed out because of the pressure of knowing that you'll need to pass whatever homework it is or that there is an exam the next day. The result of cramming varies from person to person but the overall bottom line of this is that it adds up to your stress or it is the cause of you stress. 

To avoid cramming and make the most out of your day, you should learn how to manage your time. Below are just some of my tips in managing mine.

  • Plan ahead
  • Prioritize wisely
  • Be organized 
Planning ahead serves as a guide to me so that I will not get overwhelmed with the things needed to be done in the next few hours or the next days and months. I have noticed that it improved my overall performance at school, it helped me get less stress over thinking about what's going to be my next post, and it helped me become more productive. 

Planning ahead, of course, made me realize what to prioritize on my to-do list so I believe that prioritizing wisely is important as well. The truly urgent work will get more of the attention and ultimately get done faster (Hubpages, 2014). If you know that a certain homework is almost due then you have to prioritize that first before this other homework that has been given to you that is due the next week. 

If you do the two things mentioned above then certainly you'll be organized. And to help you further in planning ahead, I suggest getting a planner or make a bullet journal to meet your needs.

how to deal with stress

how to deal with stress

2. Be Prepared 

Prepare the things you need for the next day the night before. This is a simple but helpful tip for students or even workers out there. Preparing your things the night before makes the next day go smoothly because you don't have to worry about forgetting anything. It saves time, you don't have to worry, you just have to go about your morning routine and once you're done you just have to grab that bag and off you go. 

This doesn't only apply to your things but it applies to others as well like prepping your breakfast and making your lunch. The good thing about being prepared the night before is that you're going to get a good night sleep. 

3. Study Timetable 

This is similar and quite frankly related to managing your time but this is one of the best tip that you can take to improve your academic performance. A college friend of mine that has a GPA of 4.0 which is equivalent to 93-96 percent, studies 4-7 hours a day. That's a lot of dedication in studying compared to mine. I have a GPA of 3.7 and if you're still interested on how I maintain that grade then read on!

You should have at least 1-3 hours of your time dedicated to studying on one or two subject. I personally think focusing and dedicating your time on a subject that you know you're not good at helps you improve on that particular subject. A little tip in understanding difficult concepts is to use simple analogies to make it memorable for you. 

To have an effective study timetable make sure to include time for homework and revision of materials already covered as well. Revising already covered materials will help you master it and it will remain inside your head.

how to deal with stress

There are other small ways in which can help you destress a little that can be easily implemented into your daily routine as well.

  1. Sleep well
  2. Keep a joy journal (this one is inspired by pinterest)
  3. Meditate 
  4. Draw or paint
  5. Workout
  6. Play with your dog
  7. Read a book
  8. Take a nap 
  9. Relax
  10. Smile and Laugh often

Share your thoughts and your own personal tips on how you deal with academic pressure or stress in general on the comment section below or share it with me on twitter at @danidotyes. Have a nice day!


Designing Your Blog with HTML and CSS

January 15, 2018

Hey guys!

This is going to be quite a long and detailed post on some of my favorite go-to easy CSS designs that could be easily implemented on your page so buckle up.

So on my previous post, HTML Made Easy, I had briefly discussed about the four essentials or rather necessary elements in HTML and on this post you will be able to actually see that it is indeed the building blocks of a webpage. We will be tackling a bit of CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) here and I will do my best to explain them in an easy to understand lingo so that you can follow.

Courtesy of my go-to site whenever I forget or want to go back on a certain topic, I have gathered three CSS designs that are easy to manipulate and understand even for those bloggers that are inexperience when it comes to coding.

I have provided pictures for you to see how and what it's going to look like so that you can be guided visually. 

1. CSS Box Model

CSS Box Model refers to a box that wraps around an HTML element as you can see on the picture below on the left side. 

Because of my previous post, you may be more familiar with this arrangement:

<!DOCTYPE html>

  <title> </title>



But now that we're going to be manipulating an HTML element, we have added the <style> </style> element for us to put our CSS codes in. This element would go between the <head> </head>, so it is going to look something like this:

<!DOCTYPE html>

  <title> </title>



Now that we have that covered let's talk about what we are going to put in between those <style> </style> element for our CSS Box Model to work.

background-color: #40a977;
width: 300px;
border: 7px;
padding: 10px;
margin: 25px;

  • background-color → Whatever value you put in this property, may it be #40a977 (green), blue, red, etc., this is what the background color of your box is going to be.

  • width → This is the width of your box. The longer (500px and up) the width, the longer your box is going to be horizontally.

  • border → This goes around your box or rather the padding of your box. The thicker it is (10px and up) the more visible it is going to be.

  • padding → This is the space between your text and the border.

  • margin → This is the area around the CSS Box Model.

  • div → This is the selector. We will be using this on an HTML element that we want to style.

Now that that is out of the way, let's move on to our final step which is incorporating that CSS code into our HTML. 

Under the <body> </body> we will write <div> </div>, and in between those tags is where our text will go.

And that's it, you have your CSS Box Model!

2. CSS Outline

CSS Outline is a line that is drawn around our <p> </p> or paragraph. There are ten types of this but here I'm only going to show you three of my personal favorites which are the dashed outline, groove outline, and outset outline.

Here is the list of the remaining types of outline:
  • dotted
  • solid
  • double
  • ridge
  • inset
  • none
  • hidden

This is fairly simple to make because the CSS code is just the same except for a few parts. Just add the following between your <style> </style> element:

p.outline type{
outline-style: outline type;

You just need to change the outline type to whatever outline type you wish for it to be.

Now for our HTML it's as simple as the CSS one you just have to change a few parts as well. Between the <body> </body> tags add the following:

<p class="outline type" align="center/right/left"> your text goes in between this tags </p>

You can align your text on the center, right, or left.

And that's it, you have an outline!

3. CSS Font-Variant

"The font-variant property specifies whether or not a text should be displayed in a small-caps font.

In a small-caps font, all lowercase letters are converted to uppercase letters. However, the converted uppercase letters appears in a smaller font size than the original uppercase letters in the text." -w3school

font-variant: small-caps;

<p class= "small"> your text goes in between this tags </p>

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