Tools to Reduce Overwhelm
It's going to be okay.
You've come to a great place to get support. Whether you know what's causing it, or even if you're not quite sure where it's coming from, an Academic Coach can work with you to develop strategies that will reduce your feelings of overwhelm. Coaches have resources for you, coaches can connect you to resources, and the coaches themselves are resources.
Below are a few worksheets that may be relevant to your experience of overwhelm. Feel free to use any of them on your own or bring them to your next coaching appointment.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact PSU's Center for Student Health and Counseling for crisis counseling services.
In previous [terms], I have felt like I was drowning in work and wanting to quit school. This [term] I still had times where I felt overwhelmed, but it was not due to procrastination this time. I felt like I was in more control of my work load than I have been in the past.
A time survey helps you better understand where all of your time goes. Professors expect students to spend an average of 2-3 hours per class credit on homework and studies each week. Do you have enough time for your studies?
Does thinking about homework and studying make your pulse race? Are you trying to prepare for the work to come, or catching up on what's already been assigned? Either way, you're on the right track. Start with this worksheet, then meet with an Academic Coach for more personalized support!
Sometimes overwhelm can lead to procrastination. Not knowing where to begin, it can be easy to put off starting. However, with deadlines, due dates, and upcoming exams, starting will happen at some point. Here are a number of ideas you can try to get started sooner.
We don’t all learn in the same way. Some people might learn best through images, while others rely on text, and yet others need to move around during lectures or while studying. Use this profile to find your preferred learning style and a few active learning and study tips to support it.
If you're feeling anxious about heading into a testing situation, consider replacing the anxiety with relaxation. This anxiety-reducing seven-day program, when done alongside regular studying, is designed to make test taking less overwhelming.
Kurzweil 3000 is a free support software with a wide range of uses for working with electronic docs! Use it to convert docs from text to speech, mark up docs, take notes, create outlines, and build brainstorms -- all in one place! Try it on your own or meet with a coach for a demo!