Exams, health

Preparing For Exams

Preparing for exams

Preparing For Exams

We remember only to well our school days and the dreaded exams we had to face along with the horrid pressure that came with them. Do you remember being told as a child “preparing for exams should be your top priority” ? We do and we also find ourselves saying it to our children now.

I guess it is said because it is true.

Exam pressure is awful and if not careful can cause:


Sleepless nights


Loss of appetite



And many more symptoms.

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All of which can be avoided by:

Being prepared

Staying focused

Taking the time to forward plan

Being organised

And always asking for help if needed

Taking notes

Checking exam times and being prepared

Preparing for exams

Our top tips to anyone preparing for exams would be:

To eat well

Get plenty of sleep – lack of sleep means lack of concentration

Drink plenty of water


Test yourself or get someone to test you

Take breaks – clear your head and then re-approach with a clearer head

Get plenty of exercise – it’s a great stress buster

Switch off all distractions – TV, phone etc

Seek help from home tutors, one being an English tutor

Making sure you take plenty of time out of revising is just as important because:

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 Exams can seem pointless and boring at the time but:

preparing for exams

For anyone preparing for their GCSE and would like to seek further help and advice there is a free downloadable revision guide to help with healthy study techniques. The guide has expert tips on how to enhance your brain power through exam periods and also advice on sleep patterns and a healthy diet whilst studying.

You can download the Healthy Revision Guide here – Click to download for FREE!

For anyone who is home schooling you can find great support online with Oxford Home Schooling

Wishing anyone taking exams the best of luck, hope you get the results you wish for.



  • dearmummyblog


    Flash cards are a god send, visually we remember better if we take a picture in our mind and used drawings x great tips!

  • I’m started to study this year so I have favourited this post for some help when I need it x

  • Elaine Livingstone


    My preferred method was writing bullet points onto cards, reading them onto tape and then listening to the tape when sleeping, walking the dog or driving. No I did not have a car at school, I went to uni at 43.

  • Tori Gabriel


    Urgh, I remember the stress of exams. Looking back on it, it seems an awful lot of pressure to put on kids shoulders.

  • Cardiff Mummy Says


    Oh exams are so stressful! Such a tough time for such young people. I agree with the taking the time out bit, so good to switch off for a bit and let your brain absorb what it has been learning. x

  • Kara


    Kian is doing his GCSE’s this year so this is very helpful. I have to admit that flash cards never worked for me

  • Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops


    These are great tips! It think sleep and being prepare mental are so important. It’s not nice that they cause so much stress. I really love spider diagrams they really helped me when I was revising for my a levels and at uni.

  • My daughter has just started taking her exams for secondary school. I wish i had seen this sooner but I am glad I have found this for the future use.

  • Rachel


    Flash cards are invaluable, I used them right throughout my A Levels and Degree and wouldnt have managed without them x

  • The L's Mum


    I loved the whole revision thing. I guess that may make me strange. Writing things down really helps as did flash cards. I totally agree with the eat well, taking care of yourself and definitely turning off the distractions. Great post and thank you for sharing.

  • Eric


    Awesome tips, Can I share with my student community?

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