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5 Thoughts Everyone Studying for Their Exams Has

GCSEs and A Levels are a big part of your life. You spend two years learning, preparing and then taking them so it’s almost inevitable that at some point along the way you’ll feel anxious about them, which in the worst case could affect your confidence and wellbeing.

The charity Childline recently reported that worries about school had, for the first time, become the top concern for young people who contacted the helpline. The leading concerns raised were

  • Fear of failure
  • Not wanting to disappoint parents
  • And the pressures linked to academic achievement

Here, we’ve compiled a list of five thoughts which commonly cross the minds of students, along with guidance on how to deal with them. If you’re feeling really overwhelmed by your fears, you can also watch our video on dealing with overwhelming thoughts during revision and exam time.

  1. “My parents are expecting me to do really well. However hard I try, I feel it’s not good enough for them.” Your parents want you to have the best chances in life and that means getting the best grades you can. It’s easy for that concern for your future to spill over into them piling on the pressure. However, most parents will be happy if you can show you have a clear study plan and are actually following it. The SmartivateTM personal study calendar, for example, is designed to ensure you’re well prepared for exams but still have time to clear your head and do things you enjoy.  
  2. “Everyone else looks like they’re managing just fine. I’m the only one who can’t cope.” People often won’t admit they’re feeling stressed but many of your classmates will be having the same feelings you are. Speak to them or to your teachers and you’ll find they have their own doubts about the future. Ask them how they deal with it.
  3. “I’m rubbish at this subject. There’s no point even trying.” The best way to get low grades is lack of effort and lack of confidence. So if you do badly in an assignment or test, don’t lose hope. The point of doing them is to learn from your mistakes, so listen to your teacher’s feedback and work on the areas where you need to improve. Build your self-belief by telling yourself you can do this and imagining yourself succeeding.
  4. “There’s too much to deal with. I don’t even know where to start.” If you feel yourself starting to panic, try breaking down what you need to do into manageable chunks and just focus on tackling the first chunk. Then focus on the second, and so on.
  5. “It’s ages till my exams, I’ll be fine” or “That test was easy, I don’t need to revise”. Confidence is good but complacency isn’t. By the end of your course, you’ll have two years’ worth of material to remember. Without working yourself into a frenzy, are you sure there isn’t something you could brush up on or practise while you’ve got the chance?

The SmartivateTM course is designed to help you get prepared and feel in control in the lead-up to your GCSE and A Level exams. To find out more about how the course works or to sign up and get started click here.

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