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Exam season can invite pressure, stress and anxiety in students that can be difficult to overcome. However, with a bit of patience, support and guidance you can ensure that you smash whatever exam crosses your path. We take a look at five ways you can calm your nerves and approach your next examination with confidence.

You’re not in this alone

Firstly, you must recognise that you are not alone when feeling anxious or stressed when exams occur. It is completely normal to feel this way, even the most confident students can feel distressed. What is important is to have a clear and methodical process to ensure you are well-prepared to tackle anything.

Education journeys should develop confidence, knowledge and understanding and ensure you are well-prepared for the future. Schools need to fall in line with the SEND & AP Improvement Plan’s mission to:

“fulfil children’s potential: children and young people with SEND (or attending alternative provision) enjoy their childhood, achieve good outcomes and are well prepared for adulthood and employment”

They’ll therefore want everyone to succeed. Let’s take a look at five tips you can use to smash your exams:

1. Prepare in advance

Start studying early and create a study schedule to avoid last-minute cramming, which can increase anxiety. Break down your study material into smaller chunks and set realistic goals for each study session.

2. Practice relaxation techniques

Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or mindfulness can help calm your nerves and reduce stress levels. Find a technique that works for you and practice it regularly.

3. Prioritise Sleep and Exercise

A well-rested body and mind are better equipped to handle stress. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night and engage in regular physical activity to boost your mood and energy levels.

4. Talk to someone

Sharing your worries with a friend, family member, or counsellor can help you feel less alone and more supported. They may also offer helpful advice or coping strategies.

5. Maintain a positive attitude

Believe in yourself and your abilities. Avoid negative self-talk and focus on your strengths. Remember that exams are just one aspect of your academic journey.

Effectiveness of an online alternative provision

For many students, mainstream education isn’t the right fit. Therefore, there needs to be an appropriate solution implemented that aligns with their likes, interests and future ambitions. An online alternative provision, such as EDClass, can allow certain students to learn in a comfortable setting and become better prepared for examinations.

Qaim, was a student who struggled with the rigours of a full week, and other peers and exhibited disruptive behaviour. He was predicted to attain 1s and 2s. Thanks to learning with an online alternative provision, Qaim achieved 4s to 6s in his final GCSE grades and is now attending his chosen college.

If you would like to learn more about the effectiveness of an online alternative, call EDClass on 01909 568338, email or enquire for more information here.

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