When there are just a few weeks at best before the exams for GCSEs, A levels and University Degrees, it can be very worrying. The exam season is stressful for everyone and exam anxiety can really making the whole process more painful.

A small amount of exam anxiety may actually contribute to better results. In a recent session I did with 15-16 year-olds some were blasé about their upcoming exams. Would these pupils really give their best on the day with that attitude?

During the run-up to the exam day it helps to have that little bit of fear, telling you to make the best of the remaining time. If you were completely laid back about your results you would be inclined to work less hard. You might revise less and therefore perform poorly and get lower marks.

Stress and worry are there for a reason, they are among the body’s natural warning systems and they can help us perform better.

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