With the exam season soon approaching, many students across the globe are struggling to deal with the stress it brings.
In the United Kingdom, pupils are currently getting prepared for their GCSEs and A-Levels exams but it is very easy to get overwhelmed with the pressure the season brings.
Childline revealed that in 2016/17, they delivered 3,135 counselling sessions on exam stress alone with a rise of 11% from the previous two years. 1 in 5 of these took place in May as pupils faced upcoming exams, many informing counsellors they were struggling with subjects, excessive workloads and feeling unprepared.
Although it has been nearly three years since I sat my GCSEs, I remember vividly those stressful times and the advice I needed to hear.
So firstly, be organized and set realistic goals. Don’t leave your revision to the last minute. A great idea would be to build a revision timetable and plan when you’ll study which subject. It is common to feel overwhelmed but with separating your revision periods, it enables you to get a clear look on what is realistically needed. Remember to add in those regular breaks!
Music is definitely a positive and well needed when revising. Listening to music can be an escape for many but also motivation. I found it useful playing a high-energy playlist to keep me motivated.
Keep things in perspective. Exam season will not last forever. The exams will shortly be over, leaving you the entire summer to rest, party or go on holiday. There is life after exams.
Your loved ones, friends and teachers are there to support you. Use them. Schools and colleges also have onsite councillors who will always lend an ear and can advise you. If you feel unable to talk to someone and are struggling, you can also call Childline’s free confidential helpline on 0800 1111 or get support from a counsellor through the online 1-2-1 chat. You can also contact the Samaritans 24 hour helpline at 116 123.
Finally, remember to rest and relax. Try and not put pressure on yourself. It is key to have time to yourself to escape the exam season by watching a movie, seeing friends or even a nap. Don’t forget to do the basics, shower and eat. It’s common especially with extreme stress, to struggle to do self-care activities. Believe and look after yourself. After-all, your mental health and wellbeing is most important.