Why are students so stressed?
The most recent A-Level season has just seen a record breaking amount of students seeking medical attention for stress related problems. We thought we would ask our Viewsbank members exactly what they thought about the different factors which are stressing students out.
Is it always this stressful?
A major problem affecting students (especially those around A-Level age) is the work they’re putting in for what may potentially not be the most exciting reward. What if they’re stressing themselves out for something which will have no place in their lives after? This exact question is driving students all over the country to do apprenticeship work instead of pursuing higher education. 41.4% of our Viewsbankers found that they had forgotten most of what they had learnt at A-Level, and what they remember now is just mostly general knowledge.
One member said, “No. I might have more general knowledge than I had sixty years ago but I doubt I could pass any exams today”.
Is the debt worth the qualification?
Obviously, this is a very subjective question with a subjective answer. With the interest rate spiking to over 6%, 39% of you said that it depends on what you plan on studying that makes it worthwhile. One member even went as far as to say, “The amount of debt is irrelevant as many won't pay it back anyway”.
How often am I really going to use this?
In the US, only 27% of university graduates use their field of study in their graduate jobs. In fact, the majority of people (37%) when asked, responded saying that they definitely couldn’t pass their A-Levels (or equivalent) tomorrow if they had to retake them. One of our members said “I remember a Teacher telling me that 95% of what you learn at School you will never use. I think he was right."
What are your thoughts about the amount of pressure put on young people studying for their A-Levels? Let us know in the comments below.