Supporting you during exam season

Exams can be a challenging time. If you’re feeling worried about your exams, you are not alone, but the stress and pressure can sometimes feel overwhelming.

It’s important to look after yourself before and during exam season. Be kind to yourself and take time for regular breaks when revising.

If you can, use your breaks to take your mind off your work – this could be by going for a walk with family or friends, listening to music, enjoying your favourite snack, or doing some exercise.

If you’re struggling, speaking to someone – such as a parent, a friend, or a teacher – can help. It’s likely that your friends will be experiencing the same worries and you can support each other – you might even find it helpful to form a study group. Your teachers can also provide useful tips on how to revise and prepare for your exams, and discuss any topics you may be struggling with.

Sometimes you might be in need of some extra help. There are support services available who can help, no matter how big or small your concerns are.


Kooth is a free online counselling and wellbeing support service, which is available to all young people aged 11-25 in Portsmouth. Young people can chat to the team via live chat or message. The site is available 24/7 with counselling available 12pm – 10pm on weekdays and 6pm – 10pm on weekends. 


Place2Be have created a guide to help you navigate exam season, including tips and advice for revision and how to spot the signs of stress.


Mind has lots of useful advice on their website, including information on exam stress and how it might be affecting you. They also have some tips on how to manage stress and where you can find support.

Young Minds

Young Minds offer helpful advice on their website to help you cope with stress in the lead-up to and during exam season, including tips from a young person on what to do if your sleep is being affected. They also share some helpful advice for results day.