Revision: How to keep calm

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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 about the techniques and methods they recommend to help you stay calm whilst revising for your exams.

Video: How to keep calm

Our coaches on how to keep calm

Dr Radha "It's really important that you recognise the signs of stress... If you're feeling this way for longer than a couple of weeks, then seek advice from an adult."

Dr Colton recommends that you take breaks from your revision. She says that being in nature will help to reduce your stress, and that just going for a walk can improve your mood.

Josh "No matter how much you revise, you can never remove all uncertainty, so it’s good to revise using mock papers so you can practice dealing with the unknown."

Daniel keeps himself calm by doing things that make him happy – whether that’s making or listening to music, gardening or watching movies.

Milly "A good way of keeping calm in your revision and exams is to speak to other people... everyone in your year is going through the same thing at the same time."

Jacintha "I found writing in a journal was really, really helpful. Just writing a few emotions down really helped, and when you look back at it in a few months, you realise that things weren’t as bad as they seemed."

Sekani loves to meditate as it really helps her keep a clear head and not worry too much about any exams she has coming up.

Chloe’s number one thing to do to relax when revising is to have a bath.

Nung made a wellbeing box that has all her favourite memories, achievements and accomplishments inside it; this helps her to stay calm and motivated.

Shay "I always found it really hard to stay off my phone when I was revising, so I ended up turning my phone off and putting it in a drawer… so that I wouldn’t have the temptation of going on it."

And here’s some more tips from Anxiety Josh on some things you can do if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

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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