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Rob Preparing for and taking exams is for many,

a stressful time. You can't think straight and are daunted by the amount you have to

learn. But things are probably not as bad as they seemtake a deep breath and listen

to our suggestion­s for dealing with exam stress….

Firstly, think about what exactly is stressing you out? It might be just one thing that you

can put rightmaybe it's just vocabulary that's worrying you, so pay more attention

to revising that. It could be just lack of sleep that's stopping you from concentrat­ing.

Next, learn to recognise when you're getting stressed. Take a break and talk to someone

who will understand your situationa friend, teacher or maybe your parents. Talking to

someone is a great way to help you see straight.

Although working with fellow students has its benefits, don't compare your abilities

with theirs. Everyone learns in different ways and at different speeds. If you're sure

you've got the right revision strategy then you'll be ok. If not, get advice.

And when you've been stuck behind your desk, stressing out, go and do some exercise. Nothing

de-stresse­s the mind faster than physical activity, so make it part of your studying

timetable. Fresh air will clear your head and perk you up.

And be honest with yourself. Are you setting yourself difficult goals? Be realistichow

much more revising can you do, how much more can you remember? If you're happy you've worked

hard enough and you've done your best, then don't be hard on yourself. Once you're in

the exam, keep calm, getting into a panic will not help you think straight.

Also, you need to look after yourself. By avoiding drinking coffee or smoking, and drinking

lots of water, you will feel better. Eat slow-relea­se foods like bread, rice, pasta, fruit and veg

and above all sleep wellthis will help you rest and recharge your brain. Finally,

let's hear from examiner Mark Shea about stress sometimes being a good thing

Mark Shea, examiner Everybody feels stress, adrenalin can help

you. You will pass if you’ve done the work. And if you don’t pass, it’s not the end

of the world.

Rob So a little bit of stress can motivate us

to get on with our work but there is life after exams. Things might seem intense for

a while, but it won't last forever. Good luck!

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