Reducing Stress & Anxiety in Pupils

In the papers today there was an article on the mental impact of the new GCSE grading system and the effect it has had on pupils. As a result of this, schools are now having to offer help with anxiety and stress to their students.
I have worked for several schools, private and state schools, helping with stress and anxiety, and particularly at exam time. When I do Exam Success with them, it’s hugely enjoyable because I get to help students immediately with techniques mentally, physically and emotionally. I see their relief when realising they can do something to relieve their own anxiety, and regain their equilibrium.
If you are a teacher or a parent and would like help with this please get in touch with me to discover how to help these students as there is so much that can be done. I’m happy to provide an initial complimentary talk.
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An Excellent Revision Strategy

Last time we discussed Strategies For Exam Success I promised to help you to learn and revise better.

Do you have a revision plan or not?  If you do, please let us know what works for you (using the reply box at the end).

If not, may I suggest an excellent way to study and recall the information during exam time, allowing the brain to work at its best:

The following process takes a while to explain but it is actually quite simple and soon it will become second nature. You’ll also see the benefits when you need to study for extended periods. Continue reading

Strategies for Exam Success

Last time in Why is it harder to remember answers during an exam? we saw what happens in the body when we are stressed or scared. 

This time let’s find out some of the things you can do to reduce your anxiety and feel more in control and relaxed, yet alert.

Before and during the exam

  • Breathe, this is the quickest way in to bring down your nervous system from hyper-arousal. Breath in slowly through the nose for a count of 3, hold 3, exhale through the mouth for 5 (you change the count to what suits you) however, it’s very important that the exhalation is longer than the inhale and hold. As you do this it’s very important to keep your jaw completely relaxed (floppy) and your tongue very loose in your mouth. Continue reading

Why is it harder to remember answers during an exam?

I wished I had learnt how my brain worked when I was at school…

If the brain is so incredibly sophisticated and powerful, then why can it let us down when we need it the most?

Now imagine: It’s exam day… you’ve done all the revisions and prepared really well, but you feel stressed.

This is what happens:

  1. Your brain receives a stimulus (the exam is here).
  2. The exam is perceived as a ‘threat’.
  3. You get sweaty palms, your heart pounds
  4. You are struggling to remember the answers you knew so well
  5. You feel panicked

In Science you may have heard of Continue reading

What if exams were testing Curiosity or Empathy?

New tests have been announced this week for 11 year-old and a new national league table for 5 year-old is being suggested by the government as the latest initiatives to raise educational standards across the board…

Thought For The Day - The Reverend Lucy Winkett - DURATION: 03:04
To hear the audio clip visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01cz0pc