Exam season is nearly upon us and I can see the stress levels rising in my students even with the holidays approaching. They've started counting the number of days left of school, the number of lessons left till the exam and so on.
Good idea for a thread. For over-revisers I think food is a good way to lure them out. Keep re-emphasing that just as athletes need a break for muscles to consolidate and repair, so do brains. And hope they listen to that.
One good tip on how much to revise is to stick to the school timetable during the holidays. That means weekends off.
Essential oils can be another good stress buster. You can get some nice roll on ones.
If they get grumpy, don't get grumpy back. Deep breath, this is a horrid time for them, see it as a sign that extra hot chocolate is needed. Or chocolate ovaltine at bed time went down well in our house!
I have just watched the programme with Robert Winston and Tanya Byron about the children they have been following since birth. They have now followed them revising for exams at 16 and looked at the stress level of Het when she revised for her GCSE exams and afterwards. It peaked in exam period but was under control before and after. She had high expectations of herself but the experts were very clear that having other things to do was important and that constant revision was not good. So a timetable is good but time off is good too.