In addition to the challenges young people face every day and in school, exam periods can be particularly stressful times. Exam stress can occur when a young person feels they cannot cope with revision, and this may lead to worries about failing or not performing to a set standard. Additional pressure to do well in exams from schools or families may cause a lot of stress and anxiety for a young person.
Although it is normal to feel stressed about exams, there are many ways you can make things easier.
- Be organised – plan in advance
- Set small, achievable goals
- Utilise support from friends and family
- Get into some good habits – these will help concentration and reduce stress
- Eat well
- Keep active
- Sleep hygiene
- Stress relieving techniques
- Take regular breaks from revision
There are many resources about exam stress including tips on how to cope. Some are listed below.
Further support, advice and self-help
Childline gives information and advice about exam stress including tips to cope and video resources
Childline's booklet on the 5 P's - Pamper, Prepare, Pace, Perform and 'Phew'
Stressbusting gives 13 tips on how to deal with exam stress
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust guide for pupils - looking after yourself during your GCSEs