Exam stress

Each year thousands of people undergo tests and exams in school, university and college. Some people rise to this pressure, take it in their stride and are able to shine. Others struggle with the pressure and expectations put on them by themselves and others.  Much of this stress comes from their lack of control over the situation. Younger children have no choice in whether they sit tests, and older children are told repeatedly, and with the best intentions, that they have to succeed to get on in life. With so much at stake many young people find it hard to cope. Adults often choose to take a test for new career opportunities. What ever the reason, the stress experienced is always the same.

The consequences of not dealing with stress can be high. They can be seen in the way you think, feel and behave. You may think that if you fail an exam your whole life is a failure, or that despite revising you don’t know anything or don’t understand what is being asked of you. You may suffer the physical symptoms of stress, such as tension, tight muscles and trembling and feel anxious and worried. This can lead to you behaving in ways that prevent you doing well, using poor study skills, avoiding work and procrastination over work.

The sum total of this is you underperform and so reinforce the anxiety you feel. 
 

How I can help

Having trained as a secondary school teacher with 15 years experience, and with an enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) I work with older children and adults on how to manage exam stress. During our sessions I would chat with you about what your worries and concerns were and how this was affecting you. I am happy to have a FREE chat with you about how I can help before you book, why not call on 07484 370296 or email linda.mortimer@icloud.com