How can we help students cope with their upcoming exams?

In the coming weeks, lessons will begin to include exam preparation skills and techniques to hopefully assist students in achieving their maximum potential. Along with offering study skills, however, teachers may wish to consider talking to students about how to cope with the pressures and stress of studying for important exams and also what to do when things are getting on top of them. offer a great range of quality PSHE lessons and resources that cover a whole wealth of aspects that students should be aware of, associated with the periods leading up to and during examinations. These include:

• Exam Advice Assembly Plan – The aim of this resource is to encourage pupils to reflect on exam advice from parents, carers and teachers. The assembly script also draws their attention to the use of advice in relation to exams and their lives in general. Click here for the exam advice assembly plan.

• Life Skills – This series of 4 lessons cover positive mindset, affirmations, role models and confidence building and include many aspects that will be important to students during the build-up to their exams as well as within their lives in general. Click here for the life skills lesson plans.

• Depression – Depression among young people is a growing concern especially at times of heightened pressure such as before exams, but it remains a much-misunderstood illness. In this series of four lessons the students are made more aware of the concept of depression, the different types of depression, recognising symptoms and seeking help. Click here for the lesson plans on recognising and dealing with depression.

• Alcohol – If things are getting too much to handle then students may consider turning to alcohol in an attempt to ease their nerves or they maybe thinking about après-exam parties, well in this series of six PSHE lessons that focuses on subjects such as: ‘why study alcohol?’ the short and long term consequences of alcohol abuse, how alcohol affects mental health, the students will begin to understand the negative effects of drinking though a range of activities, worksheets and class discussions.

Exam time is a very stressful time for students but by using these excellent resources teachers can equip them with the knowledge and advice so that they will be as mentally and emotionally prepared as they can be and therefore be able to approach their exams in the best frame of mind possible.

Written by Teaching Resources Support on February 17, 2014 11:21

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  • Classroom activities with built in peer review opportunities
  • Student worksheets for collaborative short tasks
  • Cross-curricular modules for easier integration
  • Teacher guidance including advice on differentiation
  • Self Assessment Tools including tracking

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