Preparing for exams
Preparing for and sitting exams can be a very pressured time but there are things you can do to help make exam time more bearable.
In the run up to the exams:
- Eat well. A balanced diet can help you feel well in the lead up and during the exam period. Too many high sugar, high fat foods might feel good at the time but could leave you feeling irritable and moody.
- Get enough sleep. It may sound boring but good sleep will improve thinking and concentration. Everyone needs a different amount of sleep but try to aim for between 8 and 10 hours each night.
- Exercise. It might be the last thing you feel like doing but keeping active can boost your energy levels and helps to relieve stress. It can also be a good break from revision. Try to find an activity you enjoy so you are more likely to do it.
If you are struggling in the run up to the exams, it’s important to know that there is support available to you outside of school. There are many organisations that offer support and advice.
It is normal to feel some stress in the approach to exams. However, if this stops you performing at your best and you are feeling overwhelmed, panicked, stressed or unprepared for your exams or assessment there is help available.
Below are some ideas to help you prepare for your exams and websites and apps that can provide support in the immediate run up and during the exam period.
Preparing for exams | Childline help with exams Breathing exercises for stress – NHS (www.nhs.uk) a breathing exercise to try if you are feeling stressed Exam self-care | YoungMinds some ideas for self-care around exams