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Reducing Exam Stress

Exams are a stressful time. Here's some tips for students from Young Minds to help as you sit your A Levels and GCSEs:

  • While revising remember to take breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things you find enjoyable and relaxing.
  • Make sure you're eating and drinking at regular intervals.
  • Take some time after revising or exams to wind down. 
  • Remain positive and hopeful!
  • Take time to talk about any worries you have.
  • If you're feeling anxious it may be worse in the evening or at night so a regular bedtime routine is important.
  • And finally, you may want to plan a treat or an activity with family or friends to mark the end of the exams.

Mr Grady's advice to A Level students

In assembly for year 13s before their A Levels, Headteacher, Mr Grady,  focussed on how students can best be preparing for them. Mr Grady asked them to reflect on whether they want to "Choose the effort you want to give and make peace with the consequent results" or "Decide on the results you want and accept the effort required to achieve your goal."

Students were encouraged to think about their working habits, what motivates them and what distracts them? What time do they work best and how long they can work before needing a rest? Mr Grady reminded them to get good sleep, eat well and do exercise! 

He also looked at how and why the students can get the results they want. Effort applied effectively, efficiently and economically, will reduce their anxiety and stress levels around the next few weeks and during the exam season. If they need further support in managing that, they should drop their tutor/ teacher/ Sixth Form Team/ Mr Grady an email.