Keep calm it’s just exams

Exam stress can start when you feel you can’t cope with revision, or feel pressure from your school or family. You might worry you’re going to fail or you won’t get the grades you need for the course or job you want, but we’ve got advice and tips on coping.

It can seem scary to talk about stress or anxiety. You might feel like nobody else is feeling this way. But bottling up stress and trying to deal with it on your own can often make the stress worse. So it can really help to talk.

How to deal with exams stress

How to believe in yourself

How to take care of yourself during exams

Sleep enough

Have a good night’s sleep before the exam. Staying up late to ‘cram’ is never a good idea. Stop revising at a point which gives you time to calm down, then go to bed at a decent time.

Stop and reset

If your mind goes blank during the exam, do a simple breathing exercise to focus yourself, then have a calm read through the exam paper to find something you know well. Start by answering that, to bolster your confidence, then move on to the trickier stuff.

Focus on you

Don’t focus on what other people are doing in the exam hall. You can’t judge how well you are doing by how other people are behaving.

Move on

Don’t keep re-living the exam when it’s over. You’ve done what you can and you can’t change anything now. Move onto the next one.

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