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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, talk to them about how it’s making you feel 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, taking good breaks when you can to have fun and to exercise.

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3. Eat well, sleep well
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Eat a healthy diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, 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 – working that way is 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! They will have a negative impact on your performance, stress levels and behaviour.

Keep well hydrated by drinking lots of water or sugar free juice.

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7. Make sure you have minimal distractions
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If you’re distracted by your phone, turn it off or leave it in another room while you work. You can 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 your bed for sleeping and relaxing- you don’t want to associate it with revising!

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 won’t be able to recall information it doesn’t understand, so speak to your teacher or your friends if you need clarification around a topic you’re revising.

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