about exams

Most people feel or have felt worried or stressed about sitting exams – it is naturally quite a pressurised experience.

It can be even more stressfull if you feel like you are under pressure from your school or parents. Exam stress can cause you to feel worried and anxious, might cause low mood or depression, and can often affect eating and sleeping habits.

If you are worried that exam pressure is becoming too much and you feel like you are struggling, then you are not alone, and there are things that can help make it better. Whilst exams are important, the stress of doing well shouldn’t take over your wellbeing.

Things that might help could include talking to a trusted friend, teacher, or family member to let them know you are struggling – try and be as honest as you can, even though it is hard. There is practical support your teacher might be able to give you, or revision resources. Be sure to make time for things you enjoy, and try new techniques for relaxation such as mindfulness, taking a walk, or music.

Watch the video below to hear other young people talking about their experience of exam stress and what helped them.

If you would like further help or information, then please follow any of the recommended resources below. You are not alone, there are lots of people and services that can help you, and things can get better.

Exam stress resources

Childline page about exam stress link

Phone someone
Ring Childline for free on 0800 1111 if you are under 18 years old or visit their website:
Or ring Hopeline for free on 0800 068 4141 f you are age 18-35

Text the crisis textline
Text “SHOUT” to 85258
Shout Crisis Text Line offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance.
Text anytime, or visit their website here

Talk to a counsellor online
Get free online counselling with Kooth link

If it is an emergency…
Link to crisis help page


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