Exam Stress

Exam season.

Exam season is here once again although it can be stressful it can also be an exciting time to challenge yourself to learn a new skill. For many students’ exam season is very stressful. The pressure to do well can make us feel stress, anxious and worried at times, but this is very normal for everyone!

Exam stress causes.

  • Pressuring yourself into getting high grades.
  • Feeling pressured from parents, carers, or teachers.
  • Feeling like you aren’t prepared or feeling as if you haven’t revised enough.
  • Worrying about your future. Worrying about not getting into the university you’d like or the job you want.
  • Having a difficult home life or relationships with those around you.
  • Coping with pre-existing mental and physical health problems.

Dealing with exam stress.

  • take regular breaks, remember you can’t do everything in one day, find a balance.
  • Don’t compare yourself to other people, focus on yourself.
  • Talk to people about how you’re feeling, talk to those who are feeling the same as you.
  • Look after your physical health too! Eat good foods drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep!
  • Go to study groups or start your own.
  • Speak to your teachers and peers for advice on revision techniques and find out what works best for you!
  • Let you family, friends and teachers know if you’re struggling.


Exam revision is important, but so is taking time to relax and recharge.

Engines can’t run on empty tanks, and neither can we!

  • Give yourself time out and give yourself little awards for your achievements so far. For examples have a sweet treat after so many pages of revision.
  • It’s also important for you to take time and do things for yourself when you aren’t revising to switch off and unwind.
  • Try to make a daily timetable so your revision correlates with your upcoming exams.
  • Make your plans realistic! You can only do so much in your day!


Neglecting ourselves care can have a big impact on your mental and physical well-being. Make sure you take time for your hobbies or downtime through stressful and tough times.

“Remember the important thing with self-care is it’s not what it looks like, but what it does for you and how it makes you feel, because when it comes to self-care it’s not one thing, it’s your thing,” Young Minds.

Exam day.

  • Prepare all you need the night before for example your stationary and your water.
  • Start your day well! Eat a substantial breakfast and arrive with plenty of time.
  • Read your exam questions carefully, think about what you need to do to answer the questions and don’t rush!
  • Remind yourself that you’ve done the best you can, and it’ll be over soon.

Post exam thoughts.

  • Try to avoid talking to people about the questions and comparing answers.
  • Do something you enjoy after your exam, treat yourself even.
  • Plan your next step do something fun, but as well as revising and refreshing for your next exam.
  • Take time to relax, stress can make us feel exhausted.

Finding support from school.

You can find support from your school; you can speak to your teachers about:

  • How to prepare for your exams.
  • Revision tips.
  • Topics you may be struggling on.
  • How to manage different topics and subjects.
  • How to look after yourself during exam period.

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