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This article was last updated on 18 March 2022.

We know exams and revision can be challenging in all kinds of ways, so to help support you through yours, we bring you… The Mind Set! In this episode, we hear from our Mind Set coaches and experts as they share their tips on how you can keep a good study-life balance whilst revising for your exams.

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Our coaches on study-life balance

Milly thought it was important to make time for doing the things she loved, like painting.

Iain set an amount of time in his day to meet his friends and talk to them. That meant that he could set some time to focus on his revision without being distracted by them.

Shay says that it’s really easy for GCSEs to take over your life but that it's so important to go out for walks and to see other people.

Josh says that looking after yourself physically and mentally is very important. He says exercise is a great way to destress and feel happier.

Exercise really helped Baxter with his revision. He said that doing boxing for an hour or two made him feel good and want to do more revision.

Lauren says that having a regular sleep pattern is so important as it helps your memory consolidate your revision.

Rohan "Thinking about the summer holidays was definitely a major motivator for me to push through my exams."

Nung’s school was really helpful and gave her lots of support – she says to never be afraid to ask for help.

Chloe prefers to revise by herself, because when she’s with her friends she talks too much!

Jacintha "It's very important to choose your study friends carefully. Make sure that you study with friends that will concentrate on their work and not distract you."

Tips on eating well for revision with Dr Radha

As well as keeping a balance between your study time and the rest of your life, it’s important to look after yourself by eating properly. Here are some tips from Dr Radha about how to do just that!

How to maintain a study-life balance

It's really important that we don't overdo it when we are revising and that we keep a healthy balance between work and play. Here's a handy chart to help you remember to schedule time for fun and rest as well as your revision and school work!

What is The Mind Set?

The Mind Set is two things: a series of films to help support you through your GCSEs and Nationals and a group of amazing young coaches who appear in the films.

Some of our coaches have been through their GCSEs or National Qualifications already and some have got them coming up. They come from all different backgrounds and all corners of the UK and they’ve all faced different challenges in getting to grips with exam revision. What they’ve got in common is that they all have heaps of exam revision tips, advice, helpful hints, hacks and wonderful words of wisdom they want to share with you.

In the series, we also hear advice from mental health professionals like Josh Fletcher (AKA “Anxiety Josh”) on how to look after your wellbeing and stay resilient during revision and exams season and we have top revision hacks from our very own memory expert, Dr Vanessa Loaiza!

Because of Covid, exams will be slightly different in 2022, but don’t worry – you can find advance information and revision support for this year’s examinations on this page.

If you need support

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher or another trusted adult. If you're struggling with your mental health, going to your GP can be a good place to start to find help. Your GP can let you know what support is available to you, suggest different types of treatment and offer regular check-ups to see how you’re doing.

If you’re in need of in-the-moment support you can contact Childline, where you can speak to a counsellor. Their lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are more links to helpful organisations on BBC Action Line.

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