Exam season is on the horizon and we must help students to handle the pressure if they are to excel. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers some practical ideas for reducing stress and anxiety in the run up to exams

Exam stress is a perfectly normal and, to some extent, healthy thing that all of our pupils will face at some point. In this article, I will explore some practical approaches you can work through with your pupils to help reduce the impact that this stress and anxiety will have on their wellbeing and, of course, their exam performance.

The first thing you can do is to get the conversation started and help your pupils to understand that exam stress and test anxiety is a perfectly normal thing. Talk about what it physically feels like and help them to understand that none of them are alone in feeling this way.

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