Flexibility In Education: Stress Reliever For Students

Flexible environments promote stress-free learning by allowing students to decide how, when and where they learn

Pandemic and the advancements in technology are leveraging a flexible learning environment in today’s world. Such an environment is unrestricted in terms of space requirement, learning speed and learning duration, which is an improvement over the conventional learning environment that is often held responsible for stressing students.

Stress harms the capabilities of learners as it slows down the learning process, significantly reduces recollection of information and increases the danger of poor academic performance.

Flexible environments promote stress-free learning by allowing students to decide how, when and where they learn. Such an environment helps to achieve higher concentration levels and, consequently, better retention of the information learned. The freedom it gives to students relieves them of the usual learning pressure put forth by conventional education systems.  

How flexible learning environments reduce stress

Comfortable learning  

Academic performance and preparedness have long been a cause of concern for learners. Flexible learning promotes a stress-free atmosphere by allowing flexibility in the timing, place and means of learning.  

In this setup, learning resources are available twenty-four-seven which reduces the anxiety of last-minute access just before the exam. The learners can replay the content as much as they like and refer to the notes anytime.

Also, teachers are more supportive in such setups and encourage participation of the otherwise reluctant students who hesitate while participating and interacting in class. The students can take time to think and answer. Thus, the flexibility of learning promotes good mental health.  

Empowering environment

Learning at one’s own pace accommodates the curiosity and learning ability of a variety of learners. Instructors can also cater to the needs of differently-abled learners. Thus such environments empower learners and reduce their anxiety related to learning. Students are in control of their learning, unlike in a rote curriculum with strict deadlines. It inculcates responsible behaviour in them.

Project-based learning

It is a very popular learning method in flexible environments. It increases the competencies of learners by providing learning on both conceptual and factual levels. The confidence thus gained minimises the stress of learners.

Relief from other forms of social pressures

Getting bullied by friends or confronting an interaction with a specific instructor or administrator is also unbearable for sensitive students in the social setup. The flexible learning environment, especially online learning saves them from such odd situations, plus the confidence gained in flexible environments will help them accommodate better in the social world as well.

Stress reliever during the pandemic

The prolonged isolation during the pandemic caused stress to almost everyone and not just students. Online learning was a rescuer by letting the peers connect with each other.

Flexibility of deadlines

In conventional classrooms, teachers rush to complete the syllabus and meet the deadlines. However, in flexible classrooms learning is often asynchronous, giving students the freedom to learn at their own pace.

Affordability of online learning

Online learning is more affordable than offline learning. Thus, students stressed over cost constraints can avail the benefits of online learning. Flexible learning makes higher education more accessible.

Visual learning for easy learning  

Visual means of teaching help the students to better grasp the information. They are more engaged, more satisfied and less stressed. Images and visualisations are a proven and effective stress-reduction tool.
Innovations in new technologies that offer gamification of education and immersive learning through virtual and augmented reality will further propel easy learning in flexible learning environments.

Mental variables influence students' intellectual success. Therefore, every decision made by educators must be in the best interests of students and their mental health. Self-growth, promoted in flexible and stress-free education, is a must for success in the modern world. Better understanding in a stress-free environment results in better performance and grades and makes the students deliver high value in the future. Thus, institutions must take proactive steps to make learning more flexible.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house

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