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Worrying about assessments
For a lot of you, exams have been cancelled and replaced by assessments. This can be worrying especially when it's really hard to keep up with your assessments.
It can also really help to plan your time and BBC Bitesize have a planner that can help with that.
Coping with pressure
Assessments can feel like a lot of pressure. You might need certain grades for a course or job. Or your parents, carers or teachers might be putting pressure on you. You might be putting lots of pressure on yourself as well.
It may not feel easy to talk to a teacher if you are struggling with your assignments, but they are there to help you and you deserve to be supported. Our conversation starter could make it easier for you to talk to them. You can use it to take your time to write down how you’re feeling and how you would like to be supported.
No matter where the pressure is coming from, there are ways to help you cope:
- Think positively
When we feel anxious, we can start thinking things like ‘I can’t do this’ and ‘I’m going to fail’. It can be difficult, but try to replace these with positive thoughts such as: ‘this is just anxiety, it can’t harm me’ and, ‘relax, concentrate - it's going to be okay’.
- Be honest about how you feel
Sometimes people can put pressure on you without even realising and sometimes it can help to talk about how it makes you feel. Talking about things can help you think about other ways they can support you in the future. If you’re worried about telling someone, you can always talk to us.
- Don’t compare yourself to your friends
Competing with your friends can help to keep you motivated. But it can also make you feel like you’re not good enough, especially on social media. Try keeping a list of the revision you’ve done so you can see how much you’re achieving.
- Let your stress out
Watch: Coping with stress: grounding yourself
Coping with other problems
Trying to study when you’ve got other things you’re coping with can be tough. There are lots of things that can distract you, including:
- family arguments
- fear of someone getting coronavirus
- problems with your girlfriend or boyfriend
- feeling like you want to self-harm
- being bullied
- looking after people in your family.
Talking to an adult you trust, like a teacher means they could help you to find time to revise when you won’t be disturbed, or talk to your family and carers about what’s happening.
In some serious situations, your school might be able to make exceptions, such as marking your exam papers based on your work throughout the year, but your teacher can discuss this with you.