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Five tips for overcoming shyness in the classroom

Posted on 16/07/2019 by

Taking small steps out of your comfort zone can take you from shyness to confidence.

It’s normal to feel shy in class. Many of our students feel this way when they start, but they soon come out of their shell once they realise ITC offers a supportive learning environment.

If you’re starting a new class soon – or you’re currently studying but feeling shy – here are five tips to help you overcome shyness. 

1. Remember everyone’s in the same boat

The great thing about starting a new class is everyone is in it together. Almost all your new classmates will be feeling the same way as you, even if they don’t show it. Remembering that everyone’s in the same boat helps you get perspective and feel less alone. 

2. There’s no such thing as a stupid question

For many people, shyness is actually a fear of being judged when they speak out loud. But at ITC, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. If you don’t know the answer, there’s most likely someone else in your class who also doesn’t know. So, overcome your ‘shyness’ and ask away – you won’t be judged. And by asking, you’ll probably help someone else, too. 

3. Set yourself small goals

You’re probably not going to go from shy to the most confident person in class overnight. Instead, set yourself small goals, such as talking to one new person each day or raising your hand in class every two days. The more you practice speaking out, the less scary it will become.

4. Look out for others

One of the easiest ways to overcome shyness is to concentrate your energy into helping others, instead of focusing on your own shyness. Be kind, friendly, and compassionate, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you form lasting friendships. 

5. Be yourself

This is the most popular advice that ITC graduates give to new students: be yourself. Almost every graduate shares this tip when they finish studying, suggesting that getting the most out of your time at College often comes down to embracing what makes you, you. So hold your head high and stay true to you!

Are you thinking about studying airline, travel and tourism? ITC has classes starting at the end of July. Get in touch now to find out more. 

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