5 quick ways to make yourself feel better about the Leaving!

Feeling stressed about the exams? Here’s five quick ways to make yourself feel better.

1. Get outside – even if only for a five minute walk. The sunlight (if there’s any peeking through) and the fresh air will perk up your brain and your spirits.

2. Find a study buddy. That’s right. It may sound nerdy but it’s so effective. The best way to learn something is to teach somebody else, and if you’re working in tandem with another person, you’re definitely going to make progress. Sometimes it’s better to choose someone who’s not your best friend, because you won’t get distracted when working on a task.

3. Listen to your teacher. Of course, I’m saying this because I am a teacher. But seriously, paying attention in class is 50% of the work. Your teacher is constantly saying things in Spanish, mentioning new words, referring to new concepts, writing new structures up on the board. If you don’t catch them when he/she says them, they’re gone forever (unless your study buddy has written them down – now see the benefit?)!

4. Get organised! I always say to my students that organisation is 10% of their final grade. Not because I can phone up the Chief Examiner to pass on how (dis)organised my students are, but rather that if you have all of your (what I call) classroom tools with you in class ie a (four-colour) pen, your hardback, an A4 pad, a slim folder for current notes and then also a back-up set of subject folders at home, then you are more likely to record your learning in the correct place, and have it there later for study and revision.

5. Get started on your revision! The best way to get over stress is to do something about it. The earlier you start, the easier your life will be, and the more in control you will feel. The stress and powerlessness that sometimes accompany big events in your life are much more manageable if you start to take action as soon as you can.

Finally, remember that there are lots of people out there for you to turn to if you need help, advice or just a listening ear. If you don’t want to talk to friends or close family (sometimes an aunt or uncle can be surprisingly helpful if you don’t want to/can’t sit down with a parent), then consider who around can help. Most classroom teachers will lend an ear, and may be able to advise you. Your tutor, year head, guidance counsellor, school nurse and other figures within your school are also there to help. The exams are still a long way away and you can be well-prepared by the time March and then June come around.

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