North East Lincolnshire Council

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!

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