b'The air of competition in science classesespecially pre-med classesis at a whole different level. Students are more tense and attentive, as if trying to grasp every word uttered out of the professors mouth. They take furious notes, and I can almost see the sparks flying off of the notepads. Pre-med StudentGrading on a curve promotes selfishness. If I help someone else study to do better, I will get a worse grade. I end up doing my work to try to get to the top. Its not about learning to know something or to be proficient in an area, but to beat everyone else.Chemistry StudentMost faculty agree that some level of student stress is a motivating force but wonder what can be done both inside and outside of the classroom to help minimize unnecessary stress. Group work decreases stress, fosters team building and combats the isolation. The vast majority of my assignments are done in pairs. I know they get together and share anyway, so I make it OK. The exams tell if they learned the material.Professor,Finance, Accounting, and Real EstateHelping Students Balance Stress54'