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Exam and study stress

Most people get stressed about exams, it’s understandable. You might feel under pressure to do well and also have feelings that you don’t want to let yourself or anyone else down.

It is 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, go for a walk 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 try to get plenty of sleep – 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 – The more you believe you won’t be able to achieve them, the more stressed you will become. Put the recommended time in for study, follow all of the advice above, and just do the best you possibly can.
  • Try not to speak about it 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 so there’s no point in getting stressed about it!

Remember, there is life after study.  Good luck!

Life after school

Believe it or not, there is life after exams, even if you didn’t get the grades you were hoping for.  It might mean that you have to start your studies on a lower level than you had hoped or might need to re-evaluate your plans a little, but there are always alternative options available and Lincs2 is a really good place to start…


Lincs2 is a comprehensive one-stop online prospectus that provides details of the vast majority of qualifications, courses, training providers and placement opportunities in North East Lincolnshire. It is for all learners who want to study or train in North East Lincolnshire either full-time or part-time.

Lincs2 website

If you need advice

Deciding your next steps can be complicated and feel a overwhelming as there is lots of different information available.  This is where Young People’s Support Services (YPSS) can help.  We support young people mainly across academic years 11, 12 and 13 or up to age 25 if you have additional needs and/or are care experienced.

The team of Careers Advisers and NEET Practitioners provide information, advice and guidance about careers, further education, training, employment and offer general support with how to take those important next steps. 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you, you can either pop into the Molson Centre (Kent Street, Grimsby) where we are based, call 01472 326294 – choosing option 1 or email [email protected].

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