How Burnouts Affect Students

Students have a lot on their plates. Aside from the classes they have for hours, they also have homework, extracurricular activities like sports or clubs, and even extra tuition sessions. It can get overwhelming especially during exam season or the end of the school year when students strive for their best and complete their school works and revisions on time. However, during these times they are also more prone to added stress which in turn could become a major threat in the form of burnout.

Although burnouts are feared by parents, teachers, and students alike, few people are aware of the effects they can have on students beyond simply lowering their motivation to learn. In this article, we’ll be tackling what are burnouts, how can they affect students, and ways to prevent them.

Burnout: What is it?

Burnouts are a type of fatigue that many students go through while juggling a number of tasks they need to do such as study and prepare for their exams, do their homework, and practise for their chosen sport. They can be mental, physical, or emotional. In Singapore, most cases of burnout are typically brought on by exam stress and the inability of students to unwind or recharge after studying.

Burnouts are very common among students who Have to work more or longer than their counterparts to attain similar achievements. They could be the students who spend more time in the library studying their materials or enrolling in after-school tuition lessons. It’s also common for students who have additional activities outside of education to suffer from burnout. Additionally, students who struggle in paying attention and those that have to work extra to focus are also susceptible to burnout as well as students who really want to excel and have made studying the center of their lives, even going as far as to still be thinking of studying even when they are on break.

Signs of Burnout

Burnouts can be tricky because sometimes, students aren’t even aware that they might be experiencing it. And sometimes, even if they are aware, they may choose to ignore the signs because they need to complete their tasks. However, this would still affect their output and health negatively. In order to intervene early and stop the situation from getting worse, teachers, parents, tutors, and students themselves should be aware of the symptoms of burnout.

  • Long term fatigue

Being tired every now and again is common in students. You will be tired when you spend an hour or so playing a sport or if you are out with your groupmates brainstorming and completing a project. However, if you are tired for longer periods of time, even when you are rested or sleeping, that could be a sign of an impending burnout.

  • Inability to focus and intellectual exhaustion

In relation to the first sign, if your body is constantly in a state of tiredness, your mind will follow. You may notice you’d have a hard time focusing on your lessons or what your teacher or tutor is saying. You may have trouble retaining information and are more prone to be absent-minded. As such, you would also feel as if you are too tired to take in any information at all.

  • Unmotivated to study further

Some students have the constant drive to take their learnings to the next level. This means that though they may have already learned the topic, they want to take it a step further and enrich their knowledge. A sign of burnout may be that you have no desire to do so and looking forward to just finishing the task rather than learning from it. You may also show apathy towards topics that relate to what you are currently studying.

  • Decline in academics

Of course, since burnout doesn’t work to your advantage, there is a huge possibility that it will impact your grades negatively. Since you will be too tired and too apathetic to study and enrich your knowledge and skills, you may also see a decline in your academics.

How can burnout affect students?

We all know burnouts have an overall negative impact on students. However, many may not realize the severity that comes with the issue. After all, a lot of people believe that it merely demotivates students from studying or moving forward with their education. Some may even claim that they can just “get over it” if they get enough sleep.

However, there are many other ways burnout affects students. They can cause students to experience forms of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. This can make them prone to more illnesses and may leave a lasting effect on the student’s health. Additionally, burnouts affect one’s focus and cause students to lose interest in learning.

Some also show that burnout can increase irritability and magnify anxiety and depression. This will make students be less confident in their skills and contribute to lower academic performance from students. They will not be able to prepare well for their lessons and exams and, as a result, will have poorer scores and grades than their peers.

Preventing burnouts

Because burnout can have severe and lasting effects on students, it’s best for parents, teachers, tutors, and even students themselves to ensure they don’t experience it in the first place. They do say it’s better to prevent than to cure. So how can students prevent themselves from being burnout?

The first step they can take is to understand that everyone can experience burnout, however, they have to know and be aware of the warning signs before it fully happens. Students should be on the lookout for signs. Another tip is to always make sure to recharge, and not just physically. Students have to also rest their minds and learn to relax.

As such, students can add to taking care of their mental, physical, and emotional health. Sometimes, students may tend to bottle up their worries and this can cause problems for them as well. If you are feeling overwhelmed, talk about your worries and struggles with a person you trust. This can be your parents, friends, teachers, tutor, or even the school counselor. Burnout prevents students from performing at their peak during exams period, and it also has an impact on their mental, emotional, and physical growth. Because of this, it’s critical to increase awareness of the problem and find a quick solution before it gets out of hand.

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Carelle is a teacher who has been through the ups and downs of the teacher and learner life. She wishes for every learner to gain educational satisfaction that will help embody the people they want to be in the future.

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