As the exams season looms, Gareth Mellor outlines some revision tips, looks at boosting student confidence and easing stress, and considers ways to use homework effectively to support exam preparation

As the spring term progresses, one thing perhaps above all others is looming in the minds of most teachers – the countdown to exam season.

A time of great pressure for teachers and students alike, the importance of homework and revision to support all students, but especially those who are perhaps not achieving to their potential, is clear.

However, the latest figures from ChildLine show a 200 per cent increase in counselling sessions about exam stress. For the first time ever in the charity’s annual statistics, school and education problems emerged as a top concern among those contacting the helpline (34,454 counselling sessions and 87,500 website visits relating to education issues were recorded in 2014).

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