Exams are a top worry for 1 in 3 young people
Top tips for students on how to survive the current exam period
Exams can bring with them a whirlwind of emotions: panic, anxiety, fear of failure and fear about the future.
As students across the UK take exams, a survey by Samaritans and YouGov reveals that exams and the pressure to achieve high marks are one of the biggest worries* for nearly a third (30 %) of young people aged 18 to 24 in the country today.
Dr Mike Shooter, Samaritans’ trustee and youth mental health expert, offers his top tips to students on how to survive the current exam period:
“Exams can bring with them a whirlwind of emotions: panic, anxiety, fear of failure and fear about the future – getting into university or finding a job following the recession. My advice to students therefore is:
· DO plan your revision timetable well in advance, with a comfortable amount of work per day. Leaving everything to the last minute will just increase your stress.
· DO include in your timetable regular breaks for doing things entirely outside your work. Having time off to socialise with friends and family or just enjoying life by yourself will actually improve your performance when you are working.
· DO look after yourself physically – eat healthily, sleep well and get regular exercise. Stress often undermines physical health if you let it, so these things are important.
· Do try to get things into perspective. Although exams are important, remember they are not your only chance at success in life.
· DON'T drink heavily or take drugs. You may think it will help at the time but it will only make things worse in the longer run.”
Samaritans’ director of policy, research and development; Joe Ferns, said: “It's natural to feel anxious around this time and many people struggle to cope with the stress, worries and fears about the future. We know that talking it all through really can help you feel more in control and help you to get some perspective. It can be very lonely when you don't feel able to talk about your fears and anxieties with people around you but Samaritans is there for you, 24/7, whatever you're going through.”