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Burnout in College: What Causes It and How to Avoid It

If you’re the kind of student who deals with a demanding, ambitious schedule, then it’s possible that you’ve experienced feelings of burnout.

What, exactly, is burnout? David Ballard of the American Psychological Association described job-related burnout as:

” An extended period of time where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their job performance.”

This isn’t a phenomenon that’s limited to the working world; students can (and often do) experience burnout as well.

It’s a state of being characterized by an almost universal lack of motivation, constant exhaustion, frustration, cynicism, and many other symptoms. It’s “I don’t feel like it” on an entirely different level.

The important thing, though, is that burnout is something that doesn’t happen overnight. It’s something that comes about through long periods of stress, and if you can learn to recognize the signs of burnout and manage your stress well, you can avoid it.

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In addition to the tips in this video, you can also manage stress (and perform better) simply by adopting more effective study tactics. You’ll find plenty of those in my free 100+ page book called 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less).

The book covers topics like:

  • Defeating procrastination
  • Getting more out of your classes
  • Taking great notes
  • Reading your textbooks more efficiently

…and several more. It also has a lot of recommendations for tools and other resources that can make your studying easier.

If you’d like a free copy of the book, let me know where I should send it:

I’ll also keep you updated about new posts and videos that come out on this blog (they’ll be just as good as this one or better) 🙂

Video Notes

Burnout in College: What Causes It and How to Avoid It
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Have you ever felt burnt out as a student? Were you able to fix the problems that caused it?

If you’ve got additional tips I didn’t mention in the video, feel free to share them in the comments.

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