By Roshinee S.

KAMPAR, April 14 – Record numbers of students are beginning university this term, making the big emotional step of a new independent life, with many living away from home for the first time. But there are warnings of rising numbers of students struggling to cope with life on campus, with sharp rises in the demand for counseling. Findings showed that the first-year students had a low-stress level. Most sources of stress were from students’ academic. It was also found that there is a significant relationship between undergraduate students stress level and their academic achievement.

According to Chen Ijin, she said that from the situation in educational organizations in UTAR is to complete the whole semester with a fourteen weeks schedule which includes the tutorials, lectures, presentations and examinations. Lack of time and time rush lead the students into a stressful condition with no extra or additional break for their studies on examinations. This brings them to depression, anxiety, and stress, which are fairly common.


Students are doing last minute preparation for final.

In order to meet assignment deadlines and to keep up with schedules related to the university, students must engage their time-based ordering abilities. These skills help us interpret, retain, or create information that is in a serial order. Students with strong time-based ordering skills are able to manage their schedules, organize their work, and make efficient use of their time. For students with weak time management skills, procrastination can have painful consequences, affecting both academic and personal success.

According to Thurga, she said that there are few solutions to this issue and one of it is that UTAR has to change educational organization. They could change the way the schedule works, such as getting all the assignments and presentation done by the tenth week and concentrate on tutorials and examination to the end of the semester. It will be more helpful for students to get a good result and they can spend more time to study for final without worrying about the incomplete presentation and assignments.


The dateline of presentation.

To improve students’ abilities to “follow through” on directions, the guiders have to have them keep assignment books that help them stay organized and keep up with work demands. Many students, even early adolescents, will need direct instruction in effectively maintaining assignment books based on the expectations of the university and individual tutors. Other than that, they can create a simple system for keeping track of short and long term assignments, tests, and quizzes where students record, check off, etc. and discuss different ways to organize assignment books. The suggestion for these books may be most effective if students break each day or even individual assignments into a series of “to do” lists and incorporate time management skills into assignment books. For example, have students include areas for notes specifying “things to do the week before the exam”, “things to do during the week of the exam,” etc.

In brief, both the educational organization and the students can take necessary steps to lead a great fourteen weeks of a semester in a way where both parties meet their target without fail. This mutually related issue could be handled with ease by their maximum cooperation.