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.

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