Help to calm exam nerves

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CHILDLINE is reminding Wearside teenagers that help is available if they feel anxious or worried about exams.

Young people in Tyne and Wear will be among the millions of under-18s to sit exams this summer.

Last year, ChildLine received 5,897 contacts from children and young people about exam pressure.

Sue Minto, head of the charity said: “The exam period can be a very stressful and anxious time for young people.

“We hear from lots of young people each year who are anxious, worried or panicking about their exams and revision.

“We want to let them know that they are not alone and that ChildLine is here to listen to them.”

To help children cope with exams and combat anxiety, ChildLine is offering advice to overcome pre-exam nerves:

l Make sure you take regular breaks from revising and do some exercise;

l Go to bed at a reasonable time and try and get some sleep;

l Getting a good night’s sleep will help you much more than trying to revise all night – you will just end up very tired the next day;

l Try to think positively – even if you don’t feel like it. A positive attitude will help you during your revision;

l Take water into the test with you, if you can. Keeping hydrated by drinking water will help you concentrate.

Website www.childline.org.uk has a special beat exam stress section.