How The Yerkes Dodson Law Can Help You In School

Hey everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back! About a month ago, I did a post where I briefly spoke about a law called the Yerkes Dodson Law which is such a great tool to think about during school – I’ll be explaining more about it today, let’s jump into it!

What is The Yerkes Dodson Law?

The Yerkes Dodson Law is a law developed by Robert M. Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson showing the relationship between pressure and performance. On a graph, the relationship between the two is the more pressure you have the better your performance – but only up until a certain point!

In more simple terms, the curve is showing that a little bit of pressure is good and will help your performance, but when your pressure increases too much, your performance will go down due to too much stress!

How Can You Implement It Into Your School Life?

When thinking about the Yerkes Dodson curve, visualising the actual curve really helps as you can see the amount of the pressure you need and the success you can get out of it!

Pressure in school is okay but remember not to stress yourself out too much, it won’t get you the results you want and can really affect your mental health. Remember sometimes it’s okay to make yourself a priority and know that it’s okay to take breaks and not work all the time!

How It’s Helped Me

The Yerkes Dodson curve has really helped my confidence in school. I used to stress myself out way too much for tests, it was too much stress to the point of my performance going down from too much stress.

When my dad introduced me to the curve and I started putting less pressure in myself, I actually saw an improvement! And I started realising, it doesn’t matter what you get in school as long as you try your best – and that’s how I’ve been thinking ever since!

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