Dealing with study stress during coronavirus

As we've learnt, COVID-19 can cause disruptions, uncertainty and sudden changes, which can leave many young people feeling overwhelmed at school. This lesson will examine the study stress students experience during situations like these, and investigate ways to manage their stress effectively.

Year Level




60 minutes


  • In class activity
  • Online learning

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Responsible decision-making

Learning Intention

Students develop an understanding of the impact study stress can have on their health, and learn practical strategies for managing study stress effectively.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe how study stress is impacting on their physical and emotional self
  • identify the level of study stress they are currently experiencing
  • discuss the factors that are contributing to study stress
  • apply strategies to manage their study time effectively.
Activity 01

Self-awareness 20 min

  1. Ask students to draw an outline of the human body on a piece of paper:
    • Inside the outline of the head, write down all the emotions they are feeling when they think about school and study. These can be positive or negative – e.g. fearful, overwhelmed, relaxed.
    • Inside the outline of the body, write down how their body is feeling and reacting to study stress – e.g. poor sleep, rapid heart rate, tired, problems with digestion.
  2. Ask students to read the article ‘Effects of stress on the body' and add any relevant ideas to their human body outline.