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Exam stress


My A level exams are in 3 weeks and recently I have been very stressed. At one point I was so stressed that I was sick.

Also, i have felt so nervous about everything as a result of the exam stress because my teachers are always reminding me of how close the exams are and I dont know how to deal with it all.

Everything just seems to be getting to much especially because I know I have to pass this year in order to do next year and then university.

I was wondering if you have any advice on how to deal with the stress of exams and to stop worrying so much.


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Hi there,

Exams can be really stressful, and it’s natural to worry about your results and the possible consequences. Your teachers are there to help support you, not just with school work but with how you feel. It could be an idea to ask them for help with the exam stress.

It’s important that you look after yourself while studying for your exams. And make sure you have a good balance between your studying and the rest of your life.

Everybody needs a break from studying hard. And you could find that when you return to your studying after a break, that you are feeling a little more refreshed too. You could think about spending some time doing things you enjoy as a distraction to your exam worries and feeling anxious.

Whatever grades you achieve, it’s important to remember that you always have choices about what to do next. There are always different routes you can take if things don’t go as planned. If you feel disappointed with any of your grades, you can always re-take them at a later stage in your life. Adults can take GCSE or A Level exams at college, or by doing a learning course at home. It’s also important to remember that there’s life after exams, whether or not you get the grades you’re hoping for.

Remember that you can always talk to a counsellor about how you feel about your exams. You could also get support with exams from other young people on our message boards

Take care,

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