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Tips And Techniques For Surviving Exam Stress

Teach that exam who's boss!
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1. Dealing with exam pressure
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If people are putting unhelpful pressure on you, it is good to be able to discuss this with them because they might not realise that this pressure may actually be unhelpful.

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2. Take breaks when stress kicks in
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When you feel stressed, make sure you look after yourself with good long breaks where you can have fun and exercise.

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3. Eat well, sleep well
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Eat a healthy diet and have a good sleep pattern – this will help your body to feel refreshed and energised.

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4. Set targets
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Set targets that you are confident you will reach, so that you will be pleased with the result. Your teacher can help you do this.

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5. Don’t leave revision to the last minute
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Don’t leave revision to the last minute or try and cram it in the night before the exam – it’s never going to be productive.

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6. Don't binge on energy drinks!
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Energy drinks are not the answer!

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7. Make sure you have minimal distractions
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Why don’t you turn off your phone and check it as a reward in your break times?

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8. Try not to work on your bed
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Leave it for sleeping and relaxing. But do work somewhere that is comfortable and quiet for you.

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9. Speak to your teacher or your friends
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Your brain will not be able to remember something it does not understand, so speak to your teacher or your friends if you need clarification around something you are revising.

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