Monday, October 15, 2018

Students and Stress

Student life, a stressed commodity where supposedly every thing is in chaos, but amidst that chaos, some students emerge like the knight in shining armor. The debatable point here is that how’re those students different than those who’re always stressed but are not achieving enough in their academics. It is absolutely true when Albert Einstein said that:

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” 

But it is also a fact that hard work always overcomes talent. There are a few important factors that come into play when students think that they are not achieving well because of the “Stress of education” in their lives, the most important being time management. The distinguishing line between a high achieving student and a stressed student is that the high achiever doesn’t start to study at the 11th hour. Studying before hand can be a game changer for any student, but if you prioritize your social circle and spend hours scrolling and switching between the same apps on your phone rather than studying, than you’re bound to get stressed when push comes to shove. Another factor that can be counted is the sleeping pattern of a student. This might not sound like a big deal, but an improper sleeping pattern initiates an uncontrollable chain of events, as the student who sleeps late will wake up with the mind of a zombie, a mind that is already struggling to keep the eyes open long enough for the class to end and will not be able to absorb the information that is being delivered at that time, thus failing to understand the lecture, which will ultimately lead to the student lacking behind on his studies.

Being attentive in class is another factor that can be taken into account. There is a vast amount of students who’re physically present in class, but mentally, they are in their own bliss. Students who find different activities do in class, such as using mobile phones and talking unnecessarily rather than concentrating on the lecture are the same students who stress over every course being difficult. Lastly, one of the most important factors to be stated here is that students should take responsibility for their own actions. Playing the blame game, pointing fingers on the teacher and blaming your failures on certain circumstances will never result in the betterment of the situation, it can only make things worse. Things will only change when you stand up, dust yourself off and take charge of things, because the world doesn’t owe you anything. Mark Twain said:

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” 

The game is simple, if you want something, you can either stress over it and have nothing, or you’ll have to go after it until it’s yours to possess forever. The best advice that can be given to any student is to always try one more time, because you lose only when you give up.

Related article: Theory of 24 Hours of Learning

By: Zafar Ali Khan

Zafar Ali Khan (ZAK) is an O/A level Computer Science Pakistani educator, entrepreneur, and former programmer. He supports a free online education platform to impart O and A level resources. His resources include notes, video lectures, online discussion groups, an artificial intelligence based virtual assistant, upcoming Android and IOS based apps and a website.

ZAK is teaching a wide spectrum of learners, mainly focusing on Computer Science 2210, 0478 and 9608. ZAK has a stellar online following, which is evident from his 50,000+ online followers. These exist wherever CIE is offered.

ZAK has taught in many auspicious and renowned institutes throughout Karachi for the past 23 years. His teaching methods coupled with his most innovative digital resources helped students achieve outstanding grades including distinctions in CIE. ZAK is an associate of The Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE), which is a Parastatal body, working under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources of Mauritius. ZAK's yearly seminars and one-day marathon classes are very famous among the learners.

Before opting for a full-time teaching profession, ZAK has had the privilege of being associated with renowned public and corporate organizations. He has worked in a diversified array of the large local and international corporations both as a part of them and as a consultant. This wide array of organizations commence from Pakistan Army Engineering Corps to the Galileo Emirates, Dubai and The Acutus NY, USA. Industries that ZAK has experienced with, before opting for a teaching profession, are engineering, pharmaceutical, digital video R&D and customer reservation system (CRS). His expertise as application developer, IT administrator, project manager and IT teacher in a wide variety of business applications has always helped him in innovating teaching styles and resources.

To reap a maximum result out of Zak’s efforts it is important to understand his point of view. In simple words, he wants to showcase his research to widest possible audience, enhance subject’s reputation, fulfill social responsibility – provide education for all, share best practice locally & internationally, allow his work for peer review, maximize the use and increase availability of O/A CS educational materials, and to raise standards of educational resources by gathering more contributors.

Additional O/A Computer Science Resources: 

To save costs for students, provide access to more quality choices, help preparation for CS courses and retention of knowledge gained after course completion, more clarity and certainty regarding reuse of materials, Zak has developed few of the following resources so far:

A Detailed Website ( For O/A level computers all of the resources possible are built, optimized and made available through this website. These resources include but not limited to notes, lectures, assignments, and topical past papers etc.

Online Subject Discussion Groups (OL, AL For good understanding of a subject, learning never ends without sharing own and contributing to others’ efforts. These groups make that possible effortlessly. With several hundred teachers and thousands of students from many countries this group will never put you behind when you are in need of CS related help.

YouTube channel ( Modern learning is half done without online lectures’ videos. Here it all ends to seal the deal.

An Artificial Intelligent Chat Bot ( An effort to enhance 24/7 help, a virtual tutor A.I bot is on the way; not perfect though, it will keep you busy learning and may be entertaining.

Mobile Apps: Coming soon, these Apps will keep learners on toes when it comes to support seeking.

Student Encouragement & Support:

Education Fund: Not a big one though but in personal capacity and with friends’ help many students are given support for their tuition fees at schools, centers and universities.

Football Club, Karachi Intrepid FC: Zak being owner and president. Up-and-coming football club from the central region of Karachi, who soon will make in your hearts, gather your support, and will have the whole region glow with the memories it will make, and the echelon of success it will win! 

Online & Offline Tuition Classes: Reinforcement classes for school students and primary source of CS education for private students.

ZAKathon, Education Tomorrowland ( Initially started as a random experiment, these workshop classes in five years’ time have evolved phenomenally in strength and fame. ZAKathon are longer hours’ revision workshop classes that are held just before the CIE paper days and purpose is to help students increase their understanding of O/A level subjects, bolster knowledge gained during these classes and leave students fully prepared for their exams. Certainly it can be termed as "Education Tomorrowland".

ZAK can be reached at:
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