Revision and exams: How to be resilient

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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 advice on how to keep motivated and stay resilient during exams.

Video: Being resilient

Our coaches on being resilient

Shay thinks that feedback from teachers is really important. He says to listen to what they say and apply it to the questions the next time you do an exam.

One thing Joe did when he was getting really low was to watch motivational videos online – this made him want to do the work.

Jacintha "When you come out the other end of GCSEs you're going to be a lot more resilient and have a lot more clarity about what you are going to do with your life."

Josh says to not forget to celebrate the little wins when revising, and to make sure you reward yourself by doing things like watching your favourite box set.

Rohan "When I get feedback from my teachers I just remember that they're trying to better me so that I can get a better grade for my exams. Don’t take it personally if it’s not always positive."

Lauren would try to stay as positive as possible. She would write down five things that would make her happy just before she went to bed – this helped her to put everything else into perspective.

Dr Colton "A setback doesn't define you. Use the feedback to help you understand any errors or misconceptions and then clear them up. Whatever happens, don’t panic, there will be an option for you – even if it’s not the exact one you were working towards."

Resilience advice from Ellie Simmonds

Team GB Paralympian, Ellie Simmonds, knows all about how to stay resilient – here’s some things she’s learned along the way!

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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