Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

GCSE English group discussion and nerves /anxiety Watch

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    Hi, I have a group discussion in two days (as I found out this afternoon) and I think I'll struggle with it. I get really nervous (I think it's anxiety, but I've never been diagnosed so I don't want to act like I am) to the point where I start shaking, jittering, chewing my pen (I've ingested about half of one of my pens), digging my nails into my skin and biting my nails / knuckles. In my last group discussion, I only got 13/25 (I didn't say very much).

    Does anyone have any advice / suggestions??Please and thank you!😊
    • TSR Support Team
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by LittleIrishGeek)
    Hi, I have a group discussion in two days (as I found out this afternoon) and I think I'll struggle with it. I get really nervous (I think it's anxiety, but I've never been diagnosed so I don't want to act like I am) to the point where I start shaking, jittering, chewing my pen (I've ingested about half of one of my pens), digging my nails into my skin and biting my nails / knuckles. In my last group discussion, I only got 13/25 (I didn't say very much).

    Does anyone have any advice / suggestions??Please and thank you!😊
    How did it go?

    Bit late for this one now I know (sorry!) but try and work out what you're worried about exactly, and cut the bits down one by one. Write what you're going to say then say it to yourself, then the mirror, then a friend or family member, then your group. Go and look at where you'll be doing it if that worries you, and tell your teacher how worried you are and see what they suggest. Practice with other people doing it- you listen to theirs, they listen to yours. When the time comes, just remember to breathe- sounds so stupid but it's so easy not to! Count as you breathe and do the same number in and out to try and slow it down and get it under control, make sure you've eaten, drunk and slept before you do it too as these will all help even if you don't think they will (or rather, it'll make it worse if you don't).

    On a more general note, if anxiety about different situations is starting to affect your everyday life go see your GP, there's a lot they can do to help. Good luck!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by furryface12)
    How did it go?

    Bit late for this one now I know (sorry!) but try and work out what you're worried about exactly, and cut the bits down one by one. Write what you're going to say then say it to yourself, then the mirror, then a friend or family member, then your group. Go and look at where you'll be doing it if that worries you, and tell your teacher how worried you are and see what they suggest. Practice with other people doing it- you listen to theirs, they listen to yours. When the time comes, just remember to breathe- sounds so stupid but it's so easy not to! Count as you breathe and do the same number in and out to try and slow it down and get it under control, make sure you've eaten, drunk and slept before you do it too as these will all help even if you don't think they will (or rather, it'll make it worse if you don't).

    On a more general note, if anxiety about different situations is starting to affect your everyday life go see your GP, there's a lot they can do to help. Good luck!
    Thanks and you're okay! I ended up getting 14/25 (56%, still not good but it's one mark better than last time🙈) Just hope the role play goes better!!
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Updated: January 29, 2017
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Did TEF Bronze Award affect your UCAS choices?
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.