The Childline National exam stress survey shows that 96% of adolescents who completed the survey felt anxious and stressed about exams, with 59% of those feeling pressured by their parents to do well. Half of these students said they had skipped meals due to stress, and almost two thirds of them have had trouble sleeping. After further research, I found out that exam stress has been the cause of many suicides. In 2014, The University of Manchester investigated the suicides of 130 young people and the results showed that 29% were facing exams or exam results.
So, my experience with exam stress and revision techniques? For my exams last year, I didn't revise, and as soon as I got into the exam room, I hit rock bottom. I realised that if I would have revised, there would have been more chance of getting a good grade. Although my grades were of a good standard, I had put myself at risk of bad results, which obviously, led to stress. This year however, during my Year 10 mocks, I did revise, and although I was a bit stressed whilst I was in the process of revising, I found that whilst the exams were being marked, I didn't feel as stressed.
To readers who are struggling to revise my advice is, find out what type of learner you are. I know this sounds crazy, but there are three main types of learner, Visual, auditory and kinaesthetic, and there are many tests to help you find out which one you are, and it really does help. Another tip is don't cram just before the exam, or the night before. The information will most likely not go in. One thing you especially shouldn't do, is to stay up all night the night before the exam, as you will be too tired to do it. A good idea is to break the topic up into key facts that remind you of the entire topic, so when a question about that comes up you will be able to remember everything about the topic. Also, when you get into the exam, read the questions carefully, and make sure you are actually answering the question, not just waffling, and remember to make enough time to check through your answers at the end. I hope this helps you, and if you need more advice, you can always ask a teacher, or friend for help.