Ways to beat exam stress revealed
As students prepare for exams, it is normal that they will experience jitters and stress.
However, there are some that will experience greater pressure, feel overwhelmed and depressed which could hinder their revision, studies and performance.
To help them all, Wakefield Council has launched a social media campaign giving them pointers on how to successfully cope and beat the stress.
A web page provides advice and a downloadable leaflet which they can easily refer to if they begin to feel overwhelmed. It also provides a list of support services that are just a phone call away.
Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said:
"If you are feeling anxious at this time, then welcome to the club! It's normal to be anxious.
"We've all been through it and are here to say every young person can get through it. You may have a lot of questions, such as 'Why do I feel like this?', 'How do I cope?', 'What is the secret to handling exam stress?'.
"If you feel that way, do not be afraid to talk about it. If you do not have a mentor or someone else that you can speak with then call any one of the telephone numbers we have published online and let us help you through this time. Read our leaflet on how to manage difficult feelings.
"Best wishes to all who are taking exams this year."
Ofqual, the Office for Qualifications and Examinations Regulations, says that although anyone preparing for and taking exams will experience some stress and anxiety, research has suggested that around 15% of GCSE students (almost two in 10) may fall into the category of being 'highly test anxious'. For these students, their levels of stress and anxiety are high enough that their well-being and exam performance can be negatively affected.
To help these highly test anxious students, the Council has published tips, advice and information on where to get help. It can be found at www.wakefield.gov.uk/YPMentalHealth.