Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Keep Calm and Carry on Revising for Your Gcses ; Manchester Psychology Expert Gives His Top Ten Tips for Coping with Exams - and You CAN Watch Telly!.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Keep Calm and Carry on Revising for Your Gcses ; Manchester Psychology Expert Gives His Top Ten Tips for Coping with Exams - and You CAN Watch Telly!.

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GCSE exams are looming for 15 and 16-year-olds and revision is in full swing.

But what is the best way for them to cope with the pressure? We asked Professor Peter Clough, a psychologist at Manchester Metropolitan University who specialises in 'mental toughness', for his top tips on dealing with the stress of exams. Some you might think are obvious, but others might surprise you!

1. Stress is not always a bad thing YOU shouldn't be scared of stress. It's only when you're scared of it that it becomes a problem. Once you realise this, you'll see it in an entirely new light.

2. Control the controllables IF you can't change something, like the day of the exam, don't worry about it and put it out of your mind. If you can change something, like revising a certain area you're worried about, do it. It's about targeting your anxiety in an effective way.

3. Remember your strengths PEOPLE only tend to think about what they're bad at when it comes to tests and exams. Instead, think about the things you're good at and put them in your head. If you're good at something in a syllabus, remember that.

4. Set realistic goals A LOT of young people put pressure on themselves to excel in exams. But if you've never been very good at maths, you're not suddenly going to get an A* overnight.

Be realistic about what you can achieve. Even if you're not very good at maths, or whatever subject, you can still maximise your potential.

5. Think about the 'what ifs? …

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