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10 Ways To Relieve Exam Stress

Pupil studying for exam

With reports indicating that pupils worry more about exam results than they did several years ago, it’s no secret that this time of year can be very stressful for students.

Recent research has suggested that rosemary can enhance memory skills, however we’ve put together a list of slightly more practical tips to relieve exam anxiety!

1. Make a revision timetable

Splitting each subject into manageable chunks ensures that all necessary aspects of the curriculum are covered and prevents last minute panic revision the night before your exam.

2. Revise in half hour slots

30 minutes

Taking a five minute break or switching topics every 30 minutes can help to prevent boredom and improve concentration.

3. Organise study groups

pupils studying in a group

Studying in a group reduces the risk of procrastination and allows you to gain a new perspective on the course material by discussing ideas with your friends.

4. Maintain a routine


Studying doesn’t mean that you have to entirely change your usual routine. Taking part in activities that you enjoy can give you a necessary break and refresh your mind for when you resume studying.

5. Eat healthily

Healthy oatmeal

Having a healthy diet has been shown to increase concentration and improve mental well being. It is also essential to stay hydrated – studies have even shown that students who took a bottle of water into their exam performed 5% better than pupils who didn’t.

6. Sleep

Student sleeping

Getting enough sleep is extremely important when preparing for an exam as this is when your body is best able to convert short term memories into long term ones. Research also indicates that students who sleep for 7 hours a night perform 10% better in exams.

7. Create flashcards with key points

Testing your knowledge as you go with flashcards is an effective way to check that you have retained vital information.

8. Use breathing techniques

Blackboard with stress and calm written on it

If you feel yourself panicking, something as simple as slowing your breathing can help you to calm down. Try breathing through your nose for five counts before breathing out through your mouth for five.

You can view a video of this technique here.

9. Get active!

 Engaging in physical exercise can help you to clear your mind and reduces feelings of stress.

10. Don’t compare yourself to your friends

Everyone studies in a different way and at a different pace, instead of making comparisons to other people in your class, focus on your own revision, and above all – have confidence in your own abilities!

Connect currently offer a Slam the Exam school workshop aimed at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils to help them succeed in their exams. If you would like more information email us or give us a call on 01270 449 165.

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