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Revision and stress-management: Strategies to help your students prepare for their exams

Exam season is looming and for many students it will be the first time that they have faced this kind of pressure. Emma Lee-Potter looks at some effective revision practices and strategies for handling the stress

The exam season is rapidly approaching. Teachers are finishing off their GCSE and A level courses, students are drawing up their revision timetables and parents are looking for ways to support their children the best they can.

Research suggests that today’s pupils feel under greater pressure to do well in their exams than previous generations. An IPSOS study published in 2018 found that 60 per cent of 16 to 22-year-olds felt under pressure to make money and be successful, compared with only a third of baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964).

Meanwhile Wise Up to Wellbeing in Schools, a 2017 study by the charity YoungMinds, reported that 80 per cent of young people felt that exam pressure had “significantly impacted” on their mental health.

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