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Coping with Exam Stress

What is Revision?

Revision is the study of work you have already done, in order to prepare for an exam.

This means you should be going over topics you have already learned to refresh your memory for exams.

Revision Timetable

Having a visual diagram with all your revision planned out will be a huge help. It will also help you to effectively plan in breaks and decide what to revise when. Being able to tick off planned out sections will also feel like a mini-reward!

If You’re Stressed…Take a Break

There is nothing more important than looking after yourself during revision and exams! Make sure you take plenty of breaks, particularly when you feel stressed out and eat and drink properly too.

But don’t just use breaks as an opportunity to procrastinate!

Don’t Compare

Just because your friends are doing 8 solid hours of revision a day or none at all, doesn’t mean you should follow their lead. You will be able to revise better when you’ve found a technique that works for you, rather than forcing yourself to do what others are doing or what your school/college tells you to. 

Techniques to Try

  • Past papers
  • Mind maps
  • Using highlighters
  • Testing yourself in exam conditions
  • Quizzes
  • Repetition  

If you're feeling overwhelmed by exams and revision, talk to your parents, teachers and friends. They will be able to help and encourage you. Good luck!