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Ofqual advice on reducing exam stress

Ofqual has worked with Liverpool John Moores University to produce a new guide showing pupils ways to avoid exam stress. The guideline (found here) suggests students can deal with exam anxiety by practising deep breathing and replacing negative thoughts about failure with more positive ones.

It is understandable to be stressed about exams, with 69% of students reporting exams as their main cause of stress and 42% of parents being concerned about their children being stressed about school and exams.

To deal with negative thoughts, such as worries about failing the exam, it is important to replace them with positive thoughts, for example, changing “I am rubbish at maths” to “even if I might never be the best at maths, if I have a revision plan and sticking to it, I will be better”.

4th March 2019

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