Date of Completion


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Grade 12


academic stress, online distance learning, coping strategies


Academic stress has been a prevalent concern, especially during this pandemic where the education system has been forced to embrace distance learning due to the threats of the virus. The purpose of this study have determined the academic stressors, stress levels, and coping mechanisms of the DLSMHSI-SHSSHS students during this time of distance learning. A total of 257 respondents from the DLSMSHSI-SHSSHS participated in this study. To achieve the data needed for this study, the researchers adopted two instruments for assessing the academic stress and the coping mechanisms of the respondents, and so they utilized a quantitative method for analyzing the data. In addition, the researchers also employed the use of open-ended questions to further assess the variables that this research requires. With the methods employed, the researchers found that the majority of stress levels of the students were found to be moderate (69.3%). They also discovered that the students had stressors which they considered as threats and challenges. Majority of the students considered “no time for rest” (72.76%) as the most threatening stressor, inferring that this stressor leads to more negative consequences. The researchers also discovered that “high academic workload” (74.7%) was the most challenging for the students, believing that it helps them improve. The researchers found the coping strategies that the students tend to employ, which are “Self-Distraction” (54.86%) for avoidant coping strategies, “Active Coping” (40.86%) for problem-solving coping mechanisms, and “Acceptance” (42.8%) for more emotionally focused coping mechanisms.

First Advisor

Marc Jeffrey P. Sioco