Exam stress is a feeling of pressure that many young people feel coming up to exam time. It usually occurs during the revision period before exams and immediately before the exams themselves. Stress is defined as an individual's response to pressure.
If you are currently teaching Year 12 students you may find some of these tips useful to pass on during exam time!
Eat your Way to a Better Grade!
BREAKFAST - Eat grains and proteins. Try oatmeal topped with peanut butter and apple.
LUNCH AND DINNER - Go for the Omega-3 and Fatty Acids! Fish is perfect for this.
NEED TO BOOST YOUR CRAMMING CAPABILITIES? Have a salad topped with spinach, onions, broccoli and beans!
NEED TO SATISFY THAT SWEET TOOTH? Go for berries and dark chocolate. The antioxidants in these help to increase blood flow to the brain for increased alertness and clarity!
STAY HYDRATED - Be sure to drink plenty of water. Not drinking enough water can make you feel sluggish and stressed. Avoid caffeine this can make you feel anxious – try a cup of herbal tea instead. Peppermint, chamomile are known for their calming properties.
REMEMBER: Two minute noodles do not fall into any of the above categories!!
To calm yourself if feeling overwhelmed - Remember to:
Not just normal breathing – deep breathing. Just stop, find a quiet place, sit upright and breath deeply for the count of 5 (while counting in your head). Continue this for 2-3 minutes and you will be amazed how this will calm you down again.
EXERCISE AND TAKE REGULAR BREAKS
Make time to spend half an hour away from the study and exercise – go for a run – pump some weights – have a dance session. Just clear your head and come back to the study with those endorphins buzzing!
For more motivational quotes for your students – check out the following link https://www.examtime.com/blog/study-motivation-tips/