Taking exams can be stressful. Here are some links to well known external sources which have an array of tips on how to deal with exam pressure.
- Specific advice for young people on how to self-care during exams is offered by Childline and YoungMinds
- Tips for parents/carers on how to support their child during exams from NHS and YoungMinds
Check out our Wellbeing page for more resources for parents and pupils related to their health and wellbeing.
Conversation with a Cuppa!
Talking to teenagers can be tricky. Make a brew, get the biscuits out and see if you can work some of the following questions into the conversation as appropriate:
- What are you worried about with regards to exams?
- When do you feel your most productive for revision?
- What do you need in terms of support from me?
- This could be a tidy or quiet space to work in, provision of particular food and drink, support with timings etc.
- When don’t you want to revise? How do you feel at this time?
- What can you do to improve your feelings towards revision?
- Develop a better sleep routine?
- Spend less time on devices?
- Have a healthier approach to eating and drinking?
- Spend more time socializing with others?
- Rewards for completing revision?
- What have you been able to stick at?
- A hobby?
- A job?
- A subject you do feel successful in?
- What made that work for you?
- How can we put those things into practice for 2 subjects now – one where you feel confident and 1 where you don’t?
- How often should we have this sort of conversation?
- What do you want to achieve between now and…
- The start of February half term?
- The end of February half term?
- The end of the spring term?
- Tell me three practical things you will each do before the end of this week to start the revision process.