How to deal with exam stress

by Emily

It doesn't matter how old you are or whether you're taking SATs, GCSEs or A-levels - exam stress can affect everybody. It is completely natural and understandable that you would suffer from stress: after all, there's a lot of work to be done, and your exam results can have a huge bearing on your future.

At the same time, there are some things you can do to reduce your stress levels. It's so important to keep a healthy mind and healthy body during exam time, so try these stress-busters out for size. If you're a private tutor, pass these tips along to your student(s) to help them feel more confident about their forthcoming exams.

Ask for assistance

If you're stuck on a topic, or unsure about any of your exam content, don't struggle alone. It sounds obvious, but your school teachers and home tutors are there to help you. Ask them to schedule some time to go over any material you don't understand.

Excellent exercise

Exercise helps to reduce stress levels and create endorphins, your body's "happy hormones". Make time for 30 minutes of exercise at least three times a week, even if it's just a walk round the block and through the park. It will help to refresh your head too.

Organise to revise

Trying to work in a clutter - both physically and mentally - will make you super stressed. Create a workspace that will help you to revise in a calm and happy manner - clean and tidy your desk, file your papers and make sure you start and end the day on a tidy note.