Exams have begun and this can be a stressful time for teenagers and young adults. However, it doesn't have be that way. With good planning and advice, exams can be manageable and achievable.
Here are some tips to help you through exams:
1, Plan ahead. Your school should give you your exam timetable well in advance. Use this to support your revision by making your own revision timetable. Little and often is always best, cramming at the last minute will only lead to more stress and anxiety.
2, Find your own way of revising and stick to it. We are all unique and we all learn in different ways. If mind maps and writing lists work for you, then use them.
3, Make use of revision classes. Most schools offer after-school or holiday revision classes, these classes are run by the subject teachers. This is also a good time to tell your teacher any concerns that you have. Remember, teachers know what type of questions usually come up in the exams, and they want you to do your best.
5. Don't get distracted. Put your phone or any other devices that may cause distraction in another room. Turn off the TV and radio, that is unless music helps you.
6, Take time out for yourself. You need to make time to enjoy yourself, plan time off in your revision timetable to see friends and take time to do things that are not school or exam related.
7, Share your worries. Don't keep any worries to yourself, share them with someone you trust. The old saying that a worry shared is a worry halved really is true. Nothing gets solved by keeping things to yourself.
8, Eat and sleep well. Make sure you don't neglect yourself as this will undo all the hard work you have put in. Make sure you eat healthy balanced meals and ensure you have plenty of rest and sleep. Don't revise up to the last minute you go to bed. Leave at least an hour before you go to bed to let your mind settle.
9. Exercise. Exercise really is a great way to deal with stress of any kind. You don't need to work up a sweat at the gym, walking the dog, cycling and yoga are just as good.