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    This post was just what I needed. Thank you! xxx
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    (Original post by shooting_stars)
    That was really useful thank you! I actually do feel like I did horribly in an exam last week (maths) but reading your post made me feel much better.. and there are 2 more maths exams to go.. So i probably could boost the grade up by working harder for the other 2 maths exams..
    I'm glad you found it useful. Sorry to hear that you feel that way about your Maths exam. As you said though, you still have two other modules now so just try to concentrate on those ones instead of worrying too much about the one you've already done. I presume you'll have C2 and M1/S1/D1 next?

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    I feel so stressed.
    Sorry to hear. It'll be over soon though and hopefully you'll be fine.

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    This post was just what I needed. Thank you! xxx
    Glad it helped.
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    Yeah I have C2 on the 20th and S1 on the 3rd of June..
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    What exam board are u doin for history?
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    Have you got any advice for my situation? I did AS Levels last year (Psychology, Maths, Biology and Chemistry) and completely failed them - EEUU. I'm redoing the year with different subjects (Psychology, Film Studies and Sociology) but I'm terrified of the same thing happening again and it's making me less motivated to do revision. This fear is taking over my life and I don't know how to deal with it.

    Any advice would be brilliant, thanks! x
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    (Original post by shooting_stars)
    Yeah I have C2 on the 20th and S1 on the 3rd of June..
    Ah all the best tomorrow and with S1 then!

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    Have you got any advice for my situation? I did AS Levels last year (Psychology, Maths, Biology and Chemistry) and completely failed them - EEUU. I'm redoing the year with different subjects (Psychology, Film Studies and Sociology) but I'm terrified of the same thing happening again and it's making me less motivated to do revision. This fear is taking over my life and I don't know how to deal with it.

    Any advice would be brilliant, thanks! x
    Hey,

    It sounds like things are tough for you right now. It sounds like you have a slight fear of failure right now and whilst I can understand why you are feeling that way, it's important to try not to let this fear become too overwhelming.

    I know that it's all very easy for me to say, but try to think positively. The past was the past so try not to let that get you down too much - you CAN make a positive change this year. If you do think of the past, try to think about what you could instead do differently this year. That way you can start slowly taking some positive steps towards rectifying things. Having that sense of belief that you're doing things differently could also help you feel a bit more positive and overcome the fear a little.

    Try to just take small steps, set yourself small targets and see if you can slowly build up from there. Otherwise, is there anyone close to you who you could speak to about how you've been feeling? Talking to others can really sometimes help, keeping your motivation high for revision. I found that when I was scared of failure personally, it often came about because I was quite scared of not knowing exactly what was going to happen, often meaning that I couldn't put things in perspective. I'm not sure if it's the same for you but try to remember that while these exams are important, there are still several options available just in case things don't quite go according to plan.

    Good luck, and I hope you feel a bit better soon!
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    it was really helpful thanks for that
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    it was really helpful thanks for that
    No worries and good luck with the rest of your exams :yy:
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    (Original post by usycool1)
    Ah all the best tomorrow and with S1 then!
    I feel like I did really bad in C2 today... As i want to do medicine I have to get 4As in AS but i feel like im not gonna get an A for maths... I know in C1 and C2 i've lost 15+ marks in each... If by a miracle, the grade boundaries are low and in S1 i do amazingly and get 90%+ then I have a chance at an A. But thats unlikely because people say S1 is harder than C2..

    Im soo stressed out and upset.. I really don't wanna do anything other than medicine.. And just because of maths, if I'm not able to medicine it's gonna be sooo disappointing.. I wouldnt know what to do..

    I have an exam tomorrow and on Friday as well.. So i'm gonna try and focus on those but still the dreaded thought of my maths grade is in the back of my mind..

    Any advice?
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    (Original post by shooting_stars)
    I feel like I did really bad in C2 today... As i want to do medicine I have to get 4As in AS but i feel like im not gonna get an A for maths... I know in C1 and C2 i've lost 15+ marks in each... If by a miracle, the grade boundaries are low and in S1 i do amazingly and get 90%+ then I have a chance at an A. But thats unlikely because people say S1 is harder than C2..

    Im soo stressed out and upset.. I really don't wanna do anything other than medicine.. And just because of maths, if I'm not able to medicine it's gonna be sooo disappointing.. I wouldnt know what to do..

    I have an exam tomorrow and on Friday as well.. So i'm gonna try and focus on those but still the dreaded thought of my maths grade is in the back of my mind..

    Any advice?
    Oh no. :sad:

    First of all, you certainly don't need 4A's at AS to study Medicine. Plenty of people get in without having that and just as long as you are predicted at least AAA, it should be fine. Different Medical Schools will have different entry requirements but as long as you are predicted at least AAA and apply wisely, you will still have a chance.

    There are also a couple of different ways to get into Medicine. For example, just in case you're not predicted AAA, you could consider applying abroad and studying Medicine there. Otherwise, you could do another degree first and then apply for graduate entry medicine (although this is more competitive and more expensive). So even if things don't quite go to plan, it does not mean that you can't be a doctor - there are still other routes that you can take.

    Regarding the difficulty of S1, I personally found it much easier than C2. The difficulty is subjective and just because you found C2 hard certainly doesn't mean that you'll find S1 hard - you can still absolutely nail S1 and do fine. I guess that you'll have a bit of a break next week with no exams? If so, just work as hard as you can on S1.

    I think you're doing the right thing on trying to focus on your next exam (which is it, just out of curiosity?). It's perfectly natural to have the Maths at the back of your mind but the best thing to do would be to try to put it behind somehow. Just remember that it's not the end of the world if you don't score 4A's and that there are several ways in which you can go into Medicine.

    Hope you feel better soon.
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    Thankyou, I'll try to not think about it too much. I just hope that I managed to secure a high A on the S1, then there might be a possibility of me coming out with an A. That would be the best thing that could happen to me right now. For C1 and C2 i have a feeling both are bordering on an A/B.

    And the issue is my top choice is UCL followed by Queen Mary. Both require 4As and if I didnt get that I will severely be disadvantaged because many people who apply for medicine these days definitely get 4As some even get 5As (as they somehow manage to do 5 subjects). So the competition is really high and for me to stand a chance I have to get 4As. I never thought this was gonna be very tight, because I didnt experience this during my GCSEs at all..

    And the exam I have tomorrow is Biology unit 1 followed by Chemistry unit 1 on Friday. I actually really enjoy Biology so I'll try to focus on those exams more positively.. But it's really hard not worrying about the future and thinking what might happen, plus on top of that I'm an over-thinker anyway.

    I really do wish the grade boundaries to be lower and for me to score alot higher on S1. That would solve all the mental dilemmas I'm having now.
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    Hmm, I had an A-level physics where I didn't answer half the questions in the paper, I counted, so it's impossible to actually do well in this case.
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    Feel like such a failure, upto now Maths was my thing constantly getting 65-75 in past papers, but after C1 and C2 I think I would be VERY lucky to get atleast 60 in both papers. Wanted to do Maths at Uni but now seriously reconsidering it.

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    Feel like such a failure, upto now Maths was my thing constantly getting 65-75 in past papers, but after C1 and C2 I think I would be VERY lucky to get atleast 60 in both papers. Wanted to do Maths at Uni but now seriously reconsidering it.

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    Firstly :hugs:

    Secondly, I always like the phrase "it's not over till the fat lady sings" in that you don't know your mark until you get it :yep: All I can advice is focus on the next set of exams and when you get your results in August, you are then in a better position to plan :yep:
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    (Original post by shooting_stars)
    Thankyou, I'll try to not think about it too much. I just hope that I managed to secure a high A on the S1, then there might be a possibility of me coming out with an A. That would be the best thing that could happen to me right now. For C1 and C2 i have a feeling both are bordering on an A/B.
    No problem! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you for S1 :crossedf:

    And the issue is my top choice is UCL followed by Queen Mary. Both require 4As and if I didnt get that I will severely be disadvantaged because many people who apply for medicine these days definitely get 4As some even get 5As (as they somehow manage to do 5 subjects).
    I've been through the Medicine application process twice so I'll tell you about some of my experiences about applying. Firstly, Bart's (Queen Mary) don't have any specific AS requirement - they look at your predicted grades and as long as you have AAA, you will still be considered. If you plan on dropping an AS level, you need to score at least a B grade in that subject at AS. Much more important for them are your UKCAT score/UCAS tariff.

    I know that UCL give an advantage to people with 4A's though. They do look at other things pre-interview such as BMAT score, GCSE grades, personal statement etc. For Medicine, you just need that one offer and you're sorted. It doesn't matter if you get it from your top choice or from another one of your choices - you'll end up a doctor wherever you go. In fact, when applying for your foundation posts, the Medical School you went to is actually hidden so it really doesn't matter. It is a VERY long and tiring process when you apply (first you spent ages waiting for an interview, go to the interview, then spend some time waiting for the outcome) and by the end of it, it will feel amazing to get an offer from anywhere.

    So the competition is really high and for me to stand a chance I have to get 4As. I never thought this was gonna be very tight, because I didnt experience this during my GCSEs at all..
    Here's an anecdote for you: when I first applied for Medicine through my school, we had about 10 people who applied. The only people who actually ended up with offers were those who actually didn't quite score 4As. The reason why is obviously not because it's bad to score 4A's but because they applied wisely to Medical Schools that favoured their strengths and that didn't place emphasis on AS levels. In fact, I know someone who scored something like BCCC at AS who ended up with an offer because they applied wisely. There are many medical schools that don't place emphasis or even look at AS results so it's certainly not true that you can only stand a chance if you have 4A's. Have a look at this page when you apply: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...your_Strengths

    The jump from GCSE to A-Level is a big one. If it's any consolation, you won't be the only one who's feeling that way - it's completely normal.

    And the exam I have tomorrow is Biology unit 1 followed by Chemistry unit 1 on Friday. I actually really enjoy Biology so I'll try to focus on those exams more positively.. But it's really hard not worrying about the future and thinking what might happen, plus on top of that I'm an over-thinker anyway.

    I really do wish the grade boundaries to be lower and for me to score alot higher on S1. That would solve all the mental dilemmas I'm having now.
    I hope Biology went well and that you're feeling a bit better about Chemistry tomorrow. I know it's not easy at all and the whole uncertainty of not knowing how things went and what the future will be like makes things much more harder. Reading though your posts on here though, it does sound like you are very determined to do well and go on to do Medicine and I think that that's one of the most important factors.

    Let me know if you have any more questions regarding Medicine too (or ask in the Medicine subforum) and I'll see if I can help.
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    Hey everyone.

    It was brought to my attention that the NSPCC has reported a 200% increase in counselling over exam stress in recent years. By just browsing TSR too, I've seen loads of people feeling stressed about exams, be it GCSEs, A-Levels, IB exams etc.

    We thought it'd be a nice idea to create a follow up thread to my first thread regarding exam stress. The idea of the previous thread was to give people the motivation or the sense of belief that they could do it. The idea of this thread, however, is more to help support those who are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of pressure that they are currently facing. Using some personal experience again and by giving some general advice, I'll try to address some common questions that I was asked in my first thread, as well as some common scenarios/concerns I've seen floating around this forum.

    I have my exam soon but I feel like I don't know anything!
    Feeling under prepared for exams often stems from the belief that not enough revision was carried out. It is fairly natural, I think, to feel as though you could have done more revision as exams come closer and closer. Whilst a little bit of stress in this way is not necessarily a bad thing in that it can help keep you working towards your goal as opposed to becoming complacent, too much can lead to a whole spiral of becoming more and more stressed and to people even giving up. It is important to try not to let your stress levels spiral like this.

    In this situation, it is important to take a step back, relax and to reassure yourself that you probably do know much more than you think you do. In my own experiences, taking a quick break to undertake an activity that you enjoy (e.g. I quite enjoy playing sports) and then going back to work can help clear your mind of these negative thoughts. I can't remember ever going into an exam and feeling as though I knew everything so just remember that it is completely natural to feel that way. Just because you feel like you don't know anything doesn't necessarily mean that it's true. :nah:

    I started my revision too late and now I'm all stressed out. Is it still possible for me to do well?
    This can be a tricky situation but don't beat yourself up over it! Yes, it is very easy to feel frustrated at yourself for not starting sooner but try not to dwell too much on the past. Instead, try to see some positives and work your way from there.

    When I was doing my A-Levels, for example, we had an M1 mock about a week before the actual exam. Because of outside circumstances and not revising as well as I could have, I ended up with a D grade in the mock when I was aiming for an A. Given that I had just a week or so before the exam, I obviously became a bit worried!

    Instead of dwell on this too much and panic though, I decided to not give up and work as hard as I could to see if I could possibly make a difference. I also realised that, even though I did not do nearly as well as I would have liked, there were some positives I could take out of the mock. For example, despite having quite a lot on my plate and not starting revision as early as I would have liked, I'd still managed to score almost 3/4 of the paper correct. Sure, the grade wasn't particularly impressive but it was a start. Using that, I tried to motivate myself to just keep working to the final day and try my level best.

    The exam came and went and then came results day. I looked at my Maths result and before reading my overall result, I looked at my individual module results. I found M1. It was marked out of 100UMS and somehow the mark next to it was...100. Never tell yourself that it's too late until the very last minute. Obviously it is best to start revision as early as possible but if you don't manage to do that, don't give up - just work as hard as you can from this point and you never know, you may end up surprising yourself.

    My parents/teachers are putting pressure on me.
    It seems to be common for people to feel as though they are being put under pressure by their parents or teachers. It can sometimes help to look at it from their perspective and to understand that they want the best for you. However, sometimes the expectations from your parents/teachers can be unrealistic and this can be a difficult situation to be in.

    Unfortunately, it is difficult to give good advice on this matter without knowing the full circumstances. In general, although it may seem daunting, sometimes just having a quiet word with your parents/teachers can be very helpful in aiding them to understand the pressure that they're putting you under. If you do decide to have a quiet word with them, it's best to not sound as though you're accusing them too much as people tend to become defensive if it sounds like that. Instead, try to avoid using the word "you" too much when explaining things to them as I found that this seems to help politely get your point across. If talking to them seems to be too daunting, you could consider speaking to someone else who you trust about it to see if they'd be willing to have a word. Otherwise, writing a small note to them explaining how you're feeling could also help.

    I just can't stop worrying about them!
    If you find yourself constantly worrying about your exams, you may find that yourself experience a range of stress-related symptoms that can make you feel even worse. These symptoms can vary between individuals but for me personally, I remember I used to experience horrible migraines, loss of appetite and constant tiredness.

    If you do feel as though you're worrying a bit too much about exams, there are a number of things that can help. From my own experiences, I found that just taking a step back to relax would really help clear my mind and help ease me for my exams. Not only did this help lower my stress levels, but it also helped me stay more focussed in terms of my academic work and revision. The main issue people seem to have with relaxing or taking a step back is thinking: "OMG, I'm not revising, I'm wasting so much time!" It is important to realise though that taking breaks like this is just as important as revising and that relaxing will serve to help you as opposed to waste your time.

    Other than relaxing and taking breaks, it is important to ensure that you have a good sleeping pattern. For those of you who know me, you'll know that I'm being a bit hypocritical when I say that (I never kept a good sleeping pattern when I was doing my A-Levels :flute:) but I found that a lack of sleep really did worsen how I was feeling. If you do find it difficult to sleep because of how much you have on your mind, see if you can speak to anyone you trust about how you're feeling. I don't know why, but letting things out in the air like that can really help you feel a bit less uneasy about things.

    I've just done an exam and I think it went so badly
    A year or so ago after I did one of my A-Level Physics exams, I came home very down and upset, sure that I'd messed up the exam badly. I wasn't having anyone tell me that I might have done OK and was adamant that things went badly. As a result, I spent months worrying and panicking about the exam, dreading results day. Come results day and I found out that somehow I'd done MUCH better than I was expecting.

    My point is that I'd wasted so much time and energy worrying about this exam when instead, I could have been enjoying my summer and taking a much needed break. It really is true when people say that there's not much point worrying about the papers you've done as worrying won't change anything. I'm not trying to convince people that their exams were fine I know that this can frustrate people but just remember that you don't know for sure how you've done until results day. Until then, try not to waste too much energy worrying and just concentrate on your next exam or just relax.

    Also remember that even if on results day you find that you've not done as well as you hoped, there are still plenty of options and it's not the end of the world.

    A note for A-Level students regarding retakes...
    As a result of the new reforms for exams, many A-Level students have been worried about whether or not they can retake their exams next year and this has been stressing lots of people out. I thought I'd just add this to reassure everyone that it WILL still be possible to retake A-Level exams of the current specification. Some colleges may have policies not allowing retakes but that doesn't mean that you can't retake privately next year.

    Obviously try your level best in these exams but don't stress about not being able to retake just in case.

    I'm just not coping, I need help
    If you feel as though things are becoming very hard for you, you may wish to take a trip to the GP to speak to them about how you're feeling. Otherwise, there are some other services that you could consider using:
    • Childline - despite their name, they offer support to people up to and including the age of 18. They can be contacted by phone, email or you can have a 1:1 instant messaging chat with them online.
    • Samaritans - they offer support to anyone about pretty much anything. They can be contacted by phone, email or letter.
    • The Site - they have several advice pages about exams and other stuff. They can also be contacted for advice.

    If you have any questions or your own advice on how to deal with stress, feel free to add it here.

    Good luck to everyone with exams!



    Thank you!! It's great help
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    (Original post by usycool1)
    No problem! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you for S1 :crossedf:



    I've been through the Medicine application process twice so I'll tell you about some of my experiences about applying. Firstly, Bart's (Queen Mary) don't have any specific AS requirement - they look at your predicted grades and as long as you have AAA, you will still be considered. If you plan on dropping an AS level, you need to score at least a B grade in that subject at AS. Much more important for them are your UKCAT score/UCAS tariff.

    I know that UCL give an advantage to people with 4A's though. They do look at other things pre-interview such as BMAT score, GCSE grades, personal statement etc. For Medicine, you just need that one offer and you're sorted. It doesn't matter if you get it from your top choice or from another one of your choices - you'll end up a doctor wherever you go. In fact, when applying for your foundation posts, the Medical School you went to is actually hidden so it really doesn't matter. It is a VERY long and tiring process when you apply (first you spent ages waiting for an interview, go to the interview, then spend some time waiting for the outcome) and by the end of it, it will feel amazing to get an offer from anywhere.



    Here's an anecdote for you: when I first applied for Medicine through my school, we had about 10 people who applied. The only people who actually ended up with offers were those who actually didn't quite score 4As. The reason why is obviously not because it's bad to score 4A's but because they applied wisely to Medical Schools that favoured their strengths and that didn't place emphasis on AS levels. In fact, I know someone who scored something like BCCC at AS who ended up with an offer because they applied wisely. There are many medical schools that don't place emphasis or even look at AS results so it's certainly not true that you can only stand a chance if you have 4A's. Have a look at this page when you apply: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...your_Strengths

    The jump from GCSE to A-Level is a big one. If it's any consolation, you won't be the only one who's feeling that way - it's completely normal.



    I hope Biology went well and that you're feeling a bit better about Chemistry tomorrow. I know it's not easy at all and the whole uncertainty of not knowing how things went and what the future will be like makes things much more harder. Reading though your posts on here though, it does sound like you are very determined to do well and go on to do Medicine and I think that that's one of the most important factors.

    Let me know if you have any more questions regarding Medicine too (or ask in the Medicine subforum) and I'll see if I can help.
    Thankyou so much... You're amazing! I will ask you if i need further help with medicine.. I had my Biology Unit 1( yesterday) and Chemistry Unit 1 (just now) exams and they were quite good compared to maths.. I don't wanna say I did really well and jinx myself but it was much better..

    My next exams are not till June (1st, 2nd and 3rd).. So I can take it easy today and start revision from tomorrow and do it gradually without rushing it at the end..

    May I ask you what happened with your application for medicine? What unis did you apply to? And how did you find the whole procedure? If you could change anything what would you change?
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    (Original post by usycool1)
    Hey everyone.

    It was brought to my attention that the NSPCC has reported a 200% increase in counselling over exam stress in recent years. By just browsing TSR too, I've seen loads of people feeling stressed about exams, be it GCSEs, A-Levels, IB exams etc.

    We thought it'd be a nice idea to create a follow up thread to my first thread regarding exam stress. The idea of the previous thread was to give people the motivation or the sense of belief that they could do it. The idea of this thread, however, is more to help support those who are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of pressure that they are currently facing. Using some personal experience again and by giving some general advice, I'll try to address some common questions that I was asked in my first thread, as well as some common scenarios/concerns I've seen floating around this forum.

    I have my exam soon but I feel like I don't know anything!
    Feeling under prepared for exams often stems from the belief that not enough revision was carried out. It is fairly natural, I think, to feel as though you could have done more revision as exams come closer and closer. Whilst a little bit of stress in this way is not necessarily a bad thing in that it can help keep you working towards your goal as opposed to becoming complacent, too much can lead to a whole spiral of becoming more and more stressed and to people even giving up. It is important to try not to let your stress levels spiral like this.

    In this situation, it is important to take a step back, relax and to reassure yourself that you probably do know much more than you think you do. In my own experiences, taking a quick break to undertake an activity that you enjoy (e.g. I quite enjoy playing sports) and then going back to work can help clear your mind of these negative thoughts. I can't remember ever going into an exam and feeling as though I knew everything so just remember that it is completely natural to feel that way. Just because you feel like you don't know anything doesn't necessarily mean that it's true. :nah:

    I started my revision too late and now I'm all stressed out. Is it still possible for me to do well?
    This can be a tricky situation but don't beat yourself up over it! Yes, it is very easy to feel frustrated at yourself for not starting sooner but try not to dwell too much on the past. Instead, try to see some positives and work your way from there.

    When I was doing my A-Levels, for example, we had an M1 mock about a week before the actual exam. Because of outside circumstances and not revising as well as I could have, I ended up with a D grade in the mock when I was aiming for an A. Given that I had just a week or so before the exam, I obviously became a bit worried!

    Instead of dwell on this too much and panic though, I decided to not give up and work as hard as I could to see if I could possibly make a difference. I also realised that, even though I did not do nearly as well as I would have liked, there were some positives I could take out of the mock. For example, despite having quite a lot on my plate and not starting revision as early as I would have liked, I'd still managed to score almost 3/4 of the paper correct. Sure, the grade wasn't particularly impressive but it was a start. Using that, I tried to motivate myself to just keep working to the final day and try my level best.

    The exam came and went and then came results day. I looked at my Maths result and before reading my overall result, I looked at my individual module results. I found M1. It was marked out of 100UMS and somehow the mark next to it was...100. Never tell yourself that it's too late until the very last minute. Obviously it is best to start revision as early as possible but if you don't manage to do that, don't give up - just work as hard as you can from this point and you never know, you may end up surprising yourself.

    My parents/teachers are putting pressure on me.
    It seems to be common for people to feel as though they are being put under pressure by their parents or teachers. It can sometimes help to look at it from their perspective and to understand that they want the best for you. However, sometimes the expectations from your parents/teachers can be unrealistic and this can be a difficult situation to be in.

    Unfortunately, it is difficult to give good advice on this matter without knowing the full circumstances. In general, although it may seem daunting, sometimes just having a quiet word with your parents/teachers can be very helpful in aiding them to understand the pressure that they're putting you under. If you do decide to have a quiet word with them, it's best to not sound as though you're accusing them too much as people tend to become defensive if it sounds like that. Instead, try to avoid using the word "you" too much when explaining things to them as I found that this seems to help politely get your point across. If talking to them seems to be too daunting, you could consider speaking to someone else who you trust about it to see if they'd be willing to have a word. Otherwise, writing a small note to them explaining how you're feeling could also help.

    I just can't stop worrying about them!
    If you find yourself constantly worrying about your exams, you may find that yourself experience a range of stress-related symptoms that can make you feel even worse. These symptoms can vary between individuals but for me personally, I remember I used to experience horrible migraines, loss of appetite and constant tiredness.

    If you do feel as though you're worrying a bit too much about exams, there are a number of things that can help. From my own experiences, I found that just taking a step back to relax would really help clear my mind and help ease me for my exams. Not only did this help lower my stress levels, but it also helped me stay more focussed in terms of my academic work and revision. The main issue people seem to have with relaxing or taking a step back is thinking: "OMG, I'm not revising, I'm wasting so much time!" It is important to realise though that taking breaks like this is just as important as revising and that relaxing will serve to help you as opposed to waste your time.

    Other than relaxing and taking breaks, it is important to ensure that you have a good sleeping pattern. For those of you who know me, you'll know that I'm being a bit hypocritical when I say that (I never kept a good sleeping pattern when I was doing my A-Levels :flute:) but I found that a lack of sleep really did worsen how I was feeling. If you do find it difficult to sleep because of how much you have on your mind, see if you can speak to anyone you trust about how you're feeling. I don't know why, but letting things out in the air like that can really help you feel a bit less uneasy about things.

    I've just done an exam and I think it went so badly
    A year or so ago after I did one of my A-Level Physics exams, I came home very down and upset, sure that I'd messed up the exam badly. I wasn't having anyone tell me that I might have done OK and was adamant that things went badly. As a result, I spent months worrying and panicking about the exam, dreading results day. Come results day and I found out that somehow I'd done MUCH better than I was expecting.

    My point is that I'd wasted so much time and energy worrying about this exam when instead, I could have been enjoying my summer and taking a much needed break. It really is true when people say that there's not much point worrying about the papers you've done as worrying won't change anything. I'm not trying to convince people that their exams were fine I know that this can frustrate people but just remember that you don't know for sure how you've done until results day. Until then, try not to waste too much energy worrying and just concentrate on your next exam or just relax.

    Also remember that even if on results day you find that you've not done as well as you hoped, there are still plenty of options and it's not the end of the world.

    A note for A-Level students regarding retakes...
    As a result of the new reforms for exams, many A-Level students have been worried about whether or not they can retake their exams next year and this has been stressing lots of people out. I thought I'd just add this to reassure everyone that it WILL still be possible to retake A-Level exams of the current specification. Some colleges may have policies not allowing retakes but that doesn't mean that you can't retake privately next year.

    Obviously try your level best in these exams but don't stress about not being able to retake just in case.

    I'm just not coping, I need help
    If you feel as though things are becoming very hard for you, you may wish to take a trip to the GP to speak to them about how you're feeling. Otherwise, there are some other services that you could consider using:
    • Childline - despite their name, they offer support to people up to and including the age of 18. They can be contacted by phone, email or you can have a 1:1 instant messaging chat with them online.
    • Samaritans - they offer support to anyone about pretty much anything. They can be contacted by phone, email or letter.
    • The Site - they have several advice pages about exams and other stuff. They can also be contacted for advice.

    If you have any questions or your own advice on how to deal with stress, feel free to add it here.

    Good luck to everyone with exams!
    Thank you for the help Usy

    The bit highlighted in bold should relate to a lot of people. At AS I had my media exam and my two history exams. I had been getting solid As, Bs and Cs throughout the year and was predicted an A/B in media and a B/C in history.

    My results were shocking, I got an E in history (D in unit 1 and a U in unit 2) and a C in media (High B in the coursework and a high D in the exam). I immediately beat myself up about it (I'm sooooo pessimistic ) and complained that I didn't work hard enough. However rather than wallowing in self - pity I spoke to my teachers and parents who suggested that I retook history unit 2 and the AS media exam. I got my scripts back and worked out what went wrong, and I worked out that it was a combination of exam technique and NOT A LACK OF WORK!

    I have retaken unit 2 history and the AS media exam and am confident of at least a B or a C in both, which will push up my overall A2 grades.

    Basically if you do badly at AS it is probably NOT YOUR FAULT and it may just be a case of something simple like exam technique or exam structure.
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    Thankyou so much... You're amazing! I will ask you if i need further help with medicine.. I had my Biology Unit 1( yesterday) and Chemistry Unit 1 (just now) exams and they were quite good compared to maths.. I don't wanna say I did really well and jinx myself but it was much better..

    My next exams are not till June (1st, 2nd and 3rd).. So I can take it easy today and start revision from tomorrow and do it gradually without rushing it at the end..
    No problem at all. I'm glad that you think your other exams went much better! It's good you have a bit of a break before your next exams too.

    May I ask you what happened with your application for medicine? What unis did you apply to?
    Of course - my stats, what happened with my application and where I applied to is here: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...3#post53398853

    And how did you find the whole procedure?
    Very draining is the best way I can describe it. You hear people who went through the process moan about how hard and stressful it is but it's hard to understand the full extent of that until you go through it yourself. It's a long waiting game and then interviews can be very stressful (but fun at the same time, just treat it as an opportunity to talk about stuff that interests you) and then waiting for the final result can also be very daunting. However, when you do get any offer at the end, it is amazing and the whole process can be fun in its own strange way.

    If you could change anything what would you change?
    When I first applied, I didn't apply as wisely according to my strengths as I could have. I did try to change that for next time but make sure you also apply according to your strengths - that's probably one of the most important things. Then I also don't think I should have applied to more than one BMAT uni. There was a lot of pressure on the BMAT and I ended up messing up one of my sections, meaning half my options went just like that.

    (Original post by OhGod)
    Thank you for the help Usy

    The bit highlighted in bold should relate to a lot of people. At AS I had my media exam and my two history exams. I had been getting solid As, Bs and Cs throughout the year and was predicted an A/B in media and a B/C in history.

    My results were shocking, I got an E in history (D in unit 1 and a U in unit 2) and a C in media (High B in the coursework and a high D in the exam). I immediately beat myself up about it (I'm sooooo pessimistic ) and complained that I didn't work hard enough. However rather than wallowing in self - pity I spoke to my teachers and parents who suggested that I retook history unit 2 and the AS media exam. I got my scripts back and worked out what went wrong, and I worked out that it was a combination of exam technique and NOT A LACK OF WORK!

    I have retaken unit 2 history and the AS media exam and am confident of at least a B or a C in both, which will push up my overall A2 grades.

    Basically if you do badly at AS it is probably NOT YOUR FAULT and it may just be a case of something simple like exam technique or exam structure.
    No worries.

    Thank you for sharing your advice too! I'm glad that you're confident of pushing your grades up and I'm sure that you will. :yep:
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    Even though I know I have done well, I am still really worried in case I don't get the grade I want, my parents will kill me. :\
    I keep thinking about what I have done wrong or what I could have done- I know I can't change anything but I just can't help thinking about it.
    I have tried distracting myself by doing something else but half way through it comes back into my head.
    Really not looking forward to the holidays.. I just want my results already.
 
 
 

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