The problem of stress and its impact on student performance at Khalifa University is relevant, and the results of the research confirm the value of addressing this issue. In addition to lowering performance outcomes, attendant challenges arise, particularly anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. One of the key methods for overcoming this problem is introducing time management tools designed to help students distribute academic workload effectively and balance between study and personal life. The findings of the literature review demonstrate that stress affects performance negatively and is a cause of physical and mental health problems. Surveys as the main mechanism for collecting data reveal stress drivers, the participants’ attitudes towards the ways to reduce stress, the role of social relationships, and the impact of stress on sleep quality. The outcomes show that family support and time management are valuable tools for overcoming the impacts of stress and improving academic performance.
As a gap, one can mention demographic limitations, in particular, the overwhelming number of female Emirati students. In addition, the majority of the surveyed students belong to the same age group (18-20), which also narrows the range of research results. To carry out more credible work, in the future, a larger and more varied sample can be engaged. This will broaden the outcomes of research and help identify optimal strategies to address stress and its impact on academic performance. Further, more attention should be paid to mental disorders caused by stress, including anxiety and depression, since in this study, the emphasis is on poor sleep quality. Addressing the identified problems is a crucial aspect that may contribute to increasing students’ academic performance and improving the level of future specialists’ education.