Exams / Studies

Manage your stress


Exercise has been proven to have a beneficial effect on a person’s mental and physical state. For many people, exercise is an extremely effective stress buster.


Don’t say yes to everything. If you can’t do something well or if something is not your responsibility, try to seek ways of not agreeing to do them.


Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Make sure you have a healthy and balanced diet.


Make sure you set aside some time each day just for yourself. Use that time to organize your life, relax and pursue your own interests.


There are some effective breathing techniques that will slow down your system and help you relax.


Talk to family, friends and colleagues. Express your thoughts and worries.

Relaxation techniques

Talking to counsellors, meditation, massages and yoga have been known to greatly help people with stress.

Revision tips

Work out how much you have to do and the time you have to do it in, then break it down into manageable chunks. Aim to do a few hours of revision each day, and mix up your subjects so you don’t get bored.

Studying alone in a quiet room suits some people, but not everyone likes working in silence. Try playing music quietly in the background, or revising with a friend (but don’t let them distract you!).

Experiment with colour coding, notes on postcards, diagrams or whatever helps you learn your topic.

If you come across something you don’t understand, try to find a new source of information that will help you understand it. Just memorising it won’t help you in your exam. Don’t be afraid to ask your teacher or a friend for help if you need it.

It means you can familiarise yourself with the layout and type of questions you’ll be asked. Practise completing exam papers in the set time limit to improve your exam technique.

Studying for hours and hours will only make you tired and ruin your concentration, which may make you even more anxious. A break every 45 to 60 minutes is about right.

For example, you could take a long bath or watch a good DVD once you have finished your revision session.

When you’re not revising, use your spare time to get away from your books and do something active. Exercise is good for taking your mind off stress and keeping you positive, and it will help you sleep better.

If you’re feeling stressed, it’s important to talk to someone you trust, such as a family member, teacher or a friend. Lots of people find exams difficult to deal with, so don’t be embarrassed to ask for support.

How to handle exam days

Start the day with a good breakfast, and give yourself plenty of time to get to the exam hall. Remember to take everything you need, including pencils, pens and a calculator. A bottle of water and some tissues are also useful.

Then you’ll know exactly what’s expected of you. Ask an exam supervisor if anything is unclear – they’re there to help you.

Don’t panic if you get stuck on a question, but try to leave yourself enough time at the end to come back to it.

Don’t spend too much time going over it in your head or comparing answers with your friends. Just focus on the next exam instead.

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