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Exam and study stress

Everyone gets stressed about exams and wanting to achieve, it’s understandable. There is  pressure to do well and not let yourself or anyone else down. It’s important to not get too overwhelmed, and remember if you don’t do as well as you hoped it’s not the end of the world. Here are some tips on dealing with exam and study stress:

  • Take breaks – Nobody can work all day without losing concentration and becoming stressed. Remember to take breaks regularly, listen to music or watch a TV show before going back to revision.
  • Remember to eat – You may feel too nervous to eat, but once you’re in the exam or period of study you will probably only be able to think of how hungry you are. Eating well will give you enough energy, and will help you concentrate.
  • Sleep – The night before your exam get a regular eight hours – put your book down, have a relaxing bath and turn off all technology. A good night’s sleep will help you be well rested for your exams and study, and you won’t feel tired and irritable.
  • Don’t think of your predicated grades – It doesn’t matter if you’re predicted a C or an A* a 2:1 or a 1st.   The more you believe you won’t be able to achieve them, the more stressed you will become. Concentrate on your work regularly, put the recommended time in for study and follow all of the advice above, and just do the best piece of work you possible can.
  • Try not to speak about  exams or pieces of work directly afterwards – It’s so tempting to ask your friends what their answers were, and compare notes. Try not to ask too many questions because if you all have different answers, the chances are you will worry until results day – it’s too late to change any of your answers once the work or exam is submitted.

Remember, there is life after study.  Good luck!


Below are some of the colleges and sixth forms in the area. The websites will give you knowledge on the different courses they offer, letting you decide what is best for you.

If you need any advice or information on which subjects or college to choose you can make an appointment to see one of our advisors.

Going to uni

Going to university is very exciting, the freedom, meeting new people and studying what you are passionate about. The process of getting there can be stressful. If you are looking to go, you need to decide which is the right university and course before picking the best nightlife.


UCAS  is the official website to apply for university. Here you can look at courses, put in your previous education and upload your personal statement. This is also where you will get updates about the universities you have applied for.

University open days

Open days  allows you to see all the universities open days for the upcoming year. It tells you where it is, the times and what kind of information you will receive. It is always worth looking around before picking a university.

If you need advice

If you need advice on school, college or university you may want to speak to your local adviser at your school. If you don’t feel comfortable, there are other places in North East Lincolnshire where you will be able to get friendly advice on your education.

Young People’s Support Service – Located at the Learning Shop, 3 Osborne Street, Grimsby, DN31 1EY (near McDonald’s Grimsby Town Centre).

YPSS is part of North East Lincolnshire Council.  They are a signposting service for 13-19 years old and up to 25 years of age for young people with special educational needs.

They offer impartial information, advice and guidance to help you make informed choices about careers, further education, training and employment. YPSS also offer support with any personal or welfare advice you require. For further information or to book an appointment with an adviser please see the contact details below.

Contact details

Young People’s Support Service, Molson Centre, Kent Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN32 7DL

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01472 326294 option 1

Opening times: Monday to Thursday 9am to 4:30pm and Friday 9am to 4pm, except bank holidays