Beating exam stress
Preparing for and taking exams can be a really stressful time for young people.
Thoughts of their future success or not wanting to disappoint others can weigh heavily on their minds, all at a time when they need a clear head for revision and recalling lots of information.
Recognising the signs of exam stress and supporting your son or daughter through this tricky time is not always easy, but armed with this advice and guidance, you'll be prepared to deal with it.
The signs of exam stress
All children and young people will show signs of stress in a different way. What you're really looking out for is a change in their normal behaviour.
The NHS Choices Moodzone say that children and young people who experience exam stress may:
- worry a lot
- feel tense
- get lots of headaches and stomach pains
- not sleep well
- be irritable
- lose interest in food or eat more than normal
- not enjoy activities they previously enjoyed
- seem negative and low in their mood
- seem hopeless about the future
Top tips to support your child through exam stress
Routes to success
Whether exams go to plan or not, it is worth remembering that there are many routes to success - some academic and others that focus on learning whilst working.
In Staffordshire, young people with knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering or maths will be in a great position to get some of the best jobs in the county as our advanced manufacturing sector continues to grow.
There will also be many opportunities in health and social care.