Department of Counseling
Educational Psychology and Foundations
Mississippi State University
Starkville, Mississippi

The Effect of Stress on Academic Achievement

Stress is a common problem for college students that may affect their academic lives. Stress can be defined as an individual’s feeling of instability or unrest while facing difficulties or inability to complete tasks. This literature review synthesizes the findings of 20 recent, peer-reviewed empirical studies investigating the relationship between stress and academic achievement, sources of stress among students, and the differences in stress levels based on gender, major, and academic level.

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