Survival Tips for Academic Anxiety

Survival Tips for Academic Anxiety
November 04, 2021

High school is all about your teens uncovering their best practices, getting the support they need, growing into their independence, and choosing friends wisely.

When our teens get overwhelmed, we can teach them how to calm their anxiety, too. Here are a few tips I share with my high school clients. 

Every teen deserves a mental health day.

A reasonable guideline is that they can take two mental health days per semester. They can sleep for as long as they want, but they still have to get their work done.

Mental health days are so important for our teens! They need to be able to advocate for themselves. And they need to be aware of what’s causing their anxiety so that they can develop the skills they need to cope with it.

Teens need clarity.

Academic anxiety usually comes from a lack of clarity. Before they leave any classroom, they need to know what to do, when to do it, and how long it’s supposed to take. If they don’t know the answers to these questions, they need to ask.

They stand in power when they ask for help!

A good planner is the BEST tool for eliminating academic anxiety… IF you help your teen build the habit of writing everything down. This is a life skill!

Teens need balance when it comes to surrounding themselves with friends who will add to their happiness.

Some friends are going to be better matches for our teens than others. We need to encourage them to be good friends, but not to make themselves too available to certain friends.  As I say to my own high schoolers, “ It’s not ok to be available 24/7!” A lack of boundaries in any relationship can be a source of anxiety.

They’re doing so well and they’re working so hard! It’s super important that they hear your encouragement and accolades as they strive to make you proud!

Kelly Biltz,

Certified Teen ADHD Life Coach

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I'm a Certified ADHD Teen Life Coach: (Teens are my jam!) and creative mind behind the Teen RockStar Program: a 10 month academic long year program of support and partnering with High Schoolers.

I pursued and completed my coaching training certification at the International ADHD Coach Training Center (iACT Center), an ICF accredited program and the rest is history!

I created the Teen Rockstar program as I realized High Schoolers, who are neurodiverse, need support throughout the academic long year. Staying on task, breaking down barriers with motivation, getting started, procrastinating, uncovering coping skills, while being someone in their corner who believes in them, are just a few benefits of my program.

I reside in my “Happy Place” of Pinehurst, NC. where I'm a mom of two incredibly opposite teenage boys, Brady and Bryce, and wife of a workaholic hubby, Tim.

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