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Coping with Exam Stress for Secondary Students
Posted 08/05/2019 09:55

Every student learns and works in different ways:

One might start working on assignments straight away, others might leave it to the last minute;

In education we talk about 7 different ways of learners;

Students should use the right revision style for their learning type


During revision, it would be great if students relax by sitting quietly or meditation. Students should not forget to take regular breaks. They deserve it…. Our brains don’t work well when we’re tired, and revising can be exhausting. Students should not trudge through it, they should make sure to take a break every hour for 10 minutes, have a snack, but don’t get distracted and be disciplined! Power napping is proven to increase productivity.

Eat, sleep and exercise well

Staying up late at night, surviving on a poor diet and not doing any sport/activity during the day can increase symptoms of anxiety. For the body`s best performance, students should make sure to get 8 – 9 hours of sleep, enough slow-release carbs, a lot of water and the least half an hour of exercise every day.

Remove distractions

Where someone works are important, if you’re in a stressful environment, it is inevitable that the stress will rub off on you. Students should find somewhere light and calm where they can spread out and get organized. And they should put away that phone and tablet: leave them in another room and it will be much easier to focus on the tasks that need to be done!

Believe in yourself

We are constantly faced with new challenges, therefore we often forget to look back at how far we have come already and how much we have already achieved. When experiencing a negative thought, students should try to replace it with a positive one:

instead of thinking “If I don`t get at least a B, I am a failure” think “Whatever I get, I will be proud of myself and value how much I have already achieved!”

If you are struggling, talk to someone

Asking for help is never shameful – when struggling, students should talk to friends, family, teachers, tutor and our nurses about how they are feeling – we/they are there to support students in this stressful time

Some useful links:


Want to know the best way to revise? Can't cope with your parents' pressure? So stressed you can't sleep? Paranoid about exam room panic? This book, packed with useful advice, facts, tips and quizzes, is here to help.

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Does life keep making you stressed, worried and unable to achieve what you want? This book, dealing with stressful issues like exam panic, is for you! Filled with lots of practical activities providing support and guidance, it will keep you cool, calm and collected.





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