Beat Exam Stress
Exams cause stress for people of any age. Everybody gets nervous when taking exams, this is a sign that the person cares about the result. A small amount of stress is beneficial as it helps you produce your peak performance. However, when exam stress rises to a level that is unmanageable, it can have a negative effect on your results and your health. It is important to keep exam stress in check and ensure it doesn't become a problem. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to beat stress and, at the same time, make sure you are well prepared for exam season.
One major cause of exam stress is being under-prepared for the exams. You are bound to be more stressed if you haven't studied enough, knowing you don't have the knowledge you need. On the other hand, abandoning your social life and studying for hours every day will also cause you stress. It is important to strike a balance.
Devise a revision timetable in plenty of time before the exams. Ensure the timetable will give you time to cover all the subjects (broken down into topics) you need to study. Give yourself plenty of relaxation time. Build into your timetable at least a week of leeway to give time in case you are ill or have any problems.
If you get less than 7-8 hours of sleep a night, you are going to feel stress more intensely. It is much easier to cope with stress when you are well rested and feeling strong. You should also look after your body in other ways, such as eating well, including a variety of fruit and vegetables in your diet and taking some exercise which will help beat stress and make you fitter.
Some people may find the stress gets too much. In this situation it is important that you share your problems with a friend, family member or member of staff at the school. You will often feel much better for sharing your problem. If you are still having difficulties dealing with stress you could also see the school nurse or your own GP.
Remember, the exam season will soon be over, you may need to make some changes to your lifestyle while you are studying and taking exams, but it will only be for a few months.
The amount of stress, if controlled, will all be worthwhile if you achieve a good result in your GCSEs or A-levels.