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How to fight stress during mocks

As the spectre of IB and IGCSE mock exams looms large, students often find themselves on the precipice of stress and anxiety. Exam weeks can be extremely overwhelming, but fear not – with the right strategies, you can not only survive but thrive during this challenging time.

Here are seven tips that other Y13 students and I have thought of to help:

  • Establish a realistic schedule: 

Create a study plan that suits your learning style and the demands of the exams. Prioritise your subjects, allocating sufficient time to each. Allow yourself for short breaks to prevent burning out. A well-structured schedule has helped many to reduce stress and instil a sense of control. 

  • Practice relaxation techniques:

Taking a moment to breathe can work wonders. Incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily or weekly routine. Examples of such are deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga/sport (for some people these work best), or even a brief walk outside can help clear your mind and improve your focus. Remember, a calm mind is better equipped to tackle challenging tasks.

  • Quality over quantity:

Rather than mindlessly cramming information, focus on understanding key concepts. Ensure that your study sessions are purposeful and that you grasp the material as thoroughly as possible. This kind of approach not only enhances retention but also diminishes the stress associated with feeling unprepared. 


  • Get adequate sleep:

A good night’s sleep is your best ally in fighting against stress. Aim for around 8 hours of sleep each night to promote cognitive function, memory consolidation, and emotional resilience. Adequate rest ensures you wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the exams of the day! 

  • Stay active:

Physical activity is known to be a powerful stress reliever. Try to incorporate regular exercise into your routine, even if it is just a short walk/run or a quick workout. Exercising releases endorphins, the body’s natural “mood lifters”, helping to combat stress and improve your overall well being. 

  • Foster a supportive environment and system:

Don’t face the challenges alone. Share your concerns with friends, family, or teachers. Discussing your worries can provide valuable information and perspectives, emotional support, and practical advice. 

  • Take breaks and enjoy hobbies:

While the exams are undoubtedly important, it is equally vital to take breaks and engage in activities you enjoy. Whether it’s reading, drawing, playing music, engaging in athletic activities, or simply spending time with your friends and family, these moments of recess can help relax your mind and provide a healthy balance.

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