Exams can be a source of stress and anxiety for many students. It's common to feel pressure to perform well and meet academic expectations, which can lead to feelings of overwhelm and stress. In some cases, exam stress can negatively impact a student's mental and physical health, leading to symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping.

To manage exam stress and anxiety, it's important to implement effective coping strategies. This may include proper planning and preparation, practicing self-care, and seeking support from teachers, parents, or mental health professionals.

Here are 10 top tips for managing exam stress and anxiety:

  • Plan your revision schedule well in advance.
  • Create a comfortable and distraction-free study space.
  • Take frequent breaks and engage in physical activity.
  • Eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated.
  • Get enough sleep and establish a healthy sleep routine.
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and meditation.
  • Talk to your teachers or a mental health professional if you're feeling overwhelmed.
  • Avoid comparing yourself to others and focus on your own progress.
  • Stay positive and keep a growth mindset.
  • Remember to take care of yourself both physically and mentally.

We run a number of interventions to support pupils through their exams including assemblies, group sessions and mindfulness classes. If your child is suffering with exam stress or anxiety, please inform their Head of Year.