Coping with Exam Stress by Chloe Gardner Farringtons School

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We all know the feeling of stress too well and seemingly as exam season is on the horizon, we are all on the quest not only to achieve the best grades, but to find ways to deal with the immense pressure.

Many say that the first thing to start with is a good night’s sleep of at least eight hours or more. However, that can be a challenge when the pile up of work is the primary reason you can’t sleep.

It is recommended that you eat a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly each day even if it’s only a ten minute walk. Most do not realise that walking can help to clear the mind as well as reduce cortisol levels in the blood (a stress hormone).

When it comes to working it is crucial to take set breaks and to do your revision in spaced out sections in order to prevent yourself from burning out and feeling overwhelmed. Drawing out a revision timetable with written in breaks and exercise also helps to increase motivation as well as productivity by providing a routine.

Furthermore, by researching the most effective ways to revise you can find a method that works best for you. This might be flashcards, past papers, or active recall. However, the most important thing is to keep a focused and positive mindset.


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