Exams: how to deal with exam stress

This article was first published on 22 June 2018

Film with GCSE and Nationals revision tips and advice, from exam survivors The Mind Set

When you are feeling the stress, get talking.

  • Remind yourself that a certain amount of stress is motivation. Use the emotion to improve your performance
  • Talk to friends. They’re there to help. Talking to them will help you realise you’re not alone and they’ll give you support
  • Talk to your teachers or parents. They will have a different perspective to you. They can help you problem solve and find practical solutions
  • Take regular breaks
  • Revise with friends. This can be great as you keep up your social life and you don’t feel isolated and alone
  • Practice mindfulness and concentrate on your breathing.

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 Shout 85258. It's a free, 24/7 text messenger support service for anyone in the UK. Text the word “SHOUT” to 85258 to start a conversation.

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

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