ChildLine offers advice to young people to manage stress during exams
As exam season approaches, new figures from ChildLine reveal a rise in the number of schoolchildren worried about exams.
ChildLine carried out 3,077 counselling sessions about exam stress to young people last year, a rise of 9 per cent on 2014/15. There was also a rise of 20 per cent of concerns about exam results, with 1,127 counselling sessions compared to 2014/15.
Major themes include:
- not wanting to disappoint their parents
- fear of failure
- general pressures linked to academic achievement.
Stresses about exams can affect young people's ability to sleep, trigger anxiety attacks, depression and tearfulness, and eating disorders. In some cases it also led to self-harm and suicidal feelings.
ChildLine is today launching a new video featuring advice and tips aimed at helping children and young people cope with exams. Six Tips to Managing Exam Stress is available on ChildLine's YouTube channel and is part of a series dedicated to exam season.
Peter Wanless, NSPCC chief executive, said:
"Young people can feel stressed and anxious during exam season which is reflected in the increase in counselling sessions delivered by ChildLine at this time of year. Young people may feel worried or be panicking about revision and exam results but we want to let them know that ChildLine is here to listen however they choose to get in touch. ChildLine also has advice for parents and carers to help ease young people's exam stress and anxieties during the revision period."
"I can’t cope if things get any worse than this. I can’t focus on my work and I have tests coming up that I haven’t prepared for. Everything is just piling on top of me. I know that I just need to make a start, but I get too anxious to think straight, it just feels hopeless."
Teenage boy who called ChildLine