Exams & Stress

Hey! So as I’m currently doing my GCSE exams. I thought it would be good to do a post about managing the stresses and worries, to help any of you doing exams at the moment.

A little bit of stress can be a good thing as it motivates us to knuckle down and work hard. But exams can make stress levels get out of hand, which can stop us from performing our best. So it’s important to address it and get it back under control.

Some symptoms of Exam Stress:

Difficulty getting to sleep or difficulty waking up in the morning
Constant tiredness
Unexplained aches and pains
Poor appetite
Loss of interest in activities
Increased anxiety and irritability
Increased heart rate
Blurred vision

How to manage exam stress:

1. Learn to recognise when you’re stressing out. A break or a chat with someone who knows the pressure you’re under will get things into perspective.

2. Avoid comparing your abilities with your friends. Everyone approaches revision in different ways, so just make sure you’ve chosen the method that works best for you. Make a realistic timetable and try to stick to it.

3. Eat right. Eat fresh fruit and veg and have a proper breakfasts. Fuel your brain as well as your body – no one can think straight on coffee and chocolate.

4. Sleep well. Wind down before bed and don’t revise under the duvet. Get about eight hours sleep.

5. Exercise. Nothing de-stresses the mind faster than physical activity, so try and build it into your timetable.

6. Quit any bad habits, if you have them. Cigarettes and alcohol never stopped anyone being stressed for very long.

7. Panic is often triggered by hyperventilating (quick, shallow breaths). So if you feel yourself losing it during the exam, sit back for a moment and control your breathing. Deep breath in and out through the nose, counting to five each way.

8. Steer clear of any comparing after the exam. It doesn’t matter what your friend wrote. It’s too late to go back and change your answers, so it will just make you worry even more.

Revision Tips:

It sounds obvious, but revision is the key to exam success. Being well prepared for your exams is the best way to overcome added stress and anxiety, and gives you the best chance of getting the best grades you can.

Before you start revising, the amount of work you have to do can seem overwhelming. You may have to study for lots of different subjects at once, and it’s easy to feel daunted.

1. Make a realistic revision schedule.
2. Find a revision style that suits you.
3. Customise your notes to make them more personal.
4. Make sure you understand, if you don’t, reach out for help.
5. Look at past exam papers.
6. Take breaks and use relaxation techniques.

Ultimately, don’t lose sight of the fact that there is life after exams. Things might seem intense right now, but it won’t last forever.

Remember your best is good enough!

If you would like someone to talk to, because you’re worried about your exams or just want to chat…

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Thank you so much for reading, Love Abbie x