5 tips to help you combat exam stress
Parents play a crucial role, and should focus on creating a stress-free environment, asking their child what they can do to support them, and working at managing expectations rather than piling on pressure.
A timetable and study routine is vital and students should aim to find a quiet spot, preferably at home, and leave potential distractions, such as mobile phones or iPads in another room. Regular breaks are essential.
Avoid all-night or late study sessions. Students need to be well rested both to be able to retain information in the final days of studying and to give the best exam performance. It is also important to wind down between studying and sleep.
Fresh air and exercise offer a perfect tonic and candidates should aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity, such as a jog, walk, swim or cycle, every day to help clear the brain and enhance general well-being.
Eat little and often, rather than having big meals, which can cause an energy slump. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and ideally should include protein, fats and carbohydrates. Students should keep well hydrated with water.