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How To Handle Exam Stress

Submitted by solomon on Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:18
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Are you having exam stress? Working towards your GCSEs is a stressful time for many young people. But with these helpful tips, you will be on the road to success.

Choose the right GCSEs

Choosing a Music GCSE might be unusual. However, an advantage of choosing music is when you get interviewed for a university and you stress that you have passed your music exam it would demonstrate that you a rounded person.

Sleep Is Essential

I cannot stress to you how important it is to sleep well before exams. According to Go Conqr, you should be getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep. The amount of sleep you get affects how fast your brain works in the morning and if you don’t get enough, it could lead to headaches in the middle of your maths exam - which no-one wants. It could also affect your revision the next day and would cap the amount of information your brain can take in.

Take a Chill Pill

Make sure you are eating a well-balanced diet because it will help you concentrate better. Make sure you breathe regularly as an increase in the heart rate could lead to you feeling nervous and perhaps an exited breakdown. Migraines and headaches can occur a lot when experiencing stress, so make sure you take a rest and lie down if you are revising and start again when you feel calm and relaxed.

Use What You Love

I think we can all agree that most, if not all, teenagers spend most of their time on a laptop or mobile phone. These devices can also be used for revising as there are many apps and websites that could help you revise rather than looking at Instagram feed and taking snaps every 5 minutes. Why not use what you love on something you need to get done! You must remember to be organized while using these devices and any other form of revision.

Prime Minister Theresa May spoke about young people’s difficulties with mental health in 2017: “Mental health issues can have a devastating effect on young lives and that’s why making sure young people are fully supported both inside and outside of the classroom is a key priority for me.”

My reflection on this would be that this is totally true and what happens in the classroom is equally important than studying and revising outside of school. Being a student in year 8 this would what be you would like to start thinking about as GCSEs are right around the corner. Following on from this, having been told from a very early age that your GCSEs determine your life and career can put an enormous amount of pressure on young minds, and essentially this leads to exam stress.

By Nathan