Exams can be very daunting to many young people and with the Scottish higher prelims starting on Monday, we have compressed some information on how to reduce stress during this unnerving time.
TOP 5 TIPS ON HOW TO REDUCE EXAM STRESS - BY GYC
1. Gather Support from family and friends
It is know that young people are put off by their friends/peers saying they are doing loads of revision - don't compare yourself or your work load to others, it is not healthy. Instead, try reach out to your friends and family to discuss what you are expecting to achieve in the exams. This can help bat away any pressure from you, and unnecessary expectations. If you are feeling really anxious or even just that little bit, chat about it to a friend, class-mate, family member or teacher - this can help get things off your shoulders and they can possibly help you with their advice.
2. Be kind...to yourself
You may have been told to be kind to others in the past, but this time, we are telling you to be kind to yourself. Exams are stressful, daunting, unnerving and can cause anxiety - that's why you should treat yourself. Write down all of your achievements, big or small, you accomplished that day or week.
3. Take breaks
You may loose track of time when you are studying, its common. So take regular breaks when doing so. Move yourself away from your desk, into a different room if you can, and relax for 15 minutes at a time. This can help you think about the stuff you are studying and let it sink in to your brain - making your studying and time much more effective!
To reduce stress you can plan your studying. Create a realistic timetable and try and stick to it. This could include time to exercise, take breaks, and maintain good hygiene. A good starting point is BBC Bitesize guide to making ‘mind maps’ and free to download revision planners.
5. Self care
It may sound clichéd, but taking that 25 minute bath can help. Sitting down with a family member, friend, guardian, tutor with a warm cup of tea and talking through your exams can help. Taking small breaks can help. Be kind to yourself.
The NHS has tips for students and their parents or carers on ‘surviving exams’.
BBC Bitesize has lots of practical advice and resources to help you prepare for exams.
Samaritans - whatever you are going through, the Samaritans can help you - 24/7
Good luck from all of us at Glasgow Youth Council.