- exams -
for young people
It’s important to make sure that pressure doesn’t become overwhelming, and prevent you from doing your best
We understand exams and tests usually cause most people some level of worry and stress – they are important, and it can often feel like there’s a lot of pressure to do well. But it’s important to make sure that pressure doesn’t become overwhelming, and prevent you from doing your best.
There are lots of things you can do to make sure you’re as prepared as possible, including:
Giving yourself plenty of time to study. You could think about setting up a timetable to help manage your studying and revising. There might be subjects you feel more confident in than others – so make sure to get a good balance
Make sure you have space to study where you can spread out your textbooks and notes, and where you’re not going to be easily distracted by other things
Practice makes perfect! You can ask your teacher or old exam papers – this can help you get used to how questions are asked, and feel less nervous on the day because you’ll know what to expect
Organising study groups with friends so you can share ideas and learning – but just be careful to stay focused on the topic!
Take regular breaks, and try to develop a routine that works well for you. Some people study better in the morning – if that’s you, you might consider starting earlier in the morning. Others are more productive in the evening, so could consider a longer break in the morning and more intensive study later in the day. It’s also important to remember to still get some exercise – and sunlight to ensure you get the vitamin D needed to support a healthy brain
Make sure you eat right. You might feel like you deserve a treat, or don’t have time to cook – but what you eat can really impact on your energy levels and ability to focus – so try to stay away from too much junk food and make nutritious, healthy choices as much as possible. And remember being well-hydrated is important for brain function – so drink plenty of water too!
There’s lots more information on managing the stress and anxiety exams can cause below.