Overcoming Exam Stress
Overcoming exam stress is so important as stress in students can lead to poor academic achievement, apathy, depression and behavioural problems, and at a time when schools are increasingly under pressure and both students and teachers face higher levels of stress.
In September 2013 a research study carried out by Edge Hill University, the University of South Australia and the AQA exam board found that teenagers who stress about doing well in their GCSE exams are likely to get lower results than peers who remain calmer. The study was based on a survey of 325 pupils.
It is estimated that one in ten children and young people aged 5-16 suffer from a mental health difficulty –this is around three children in every school class. Giving children the right help early on with overcoming exam stress can set them up for life, teaching them resilience and perhaps even valuable life skills.
I teach mental skills for success by giving students tools they can use to help with overcoming exam stress.