Tips for Students
ChatHealth is a confidential text messaging service that enables children and young people (aged 11-19) to contact their local public health nursing (school nursing) team.
Advice for Teens in Solihull
Text: 07520 615 730
This service is provided by the Solihull school nursing service for young people aged 11-19. You will get a reply within 24 hours from an NHS School Nurse between 8:00am to 8.00pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays).
Support for Young People
Time to Change
A little bit of stress can be a good thing as it motivates us to knuckle down and work hard. But exams can make stress levels get out of hand, which can stop us from performing our best. So it's important to address it and get it back under control.
How to manage exam stress
Learn to recognise when you're stressing out. A break or a chat with someone who knows the pressure you're under will get things into perspective.
Avoid comparing your abilities with your mates. Those "Oh my God I've only read Macbeth 17 times" conversations are such a wind up. Everyone approaches revision in different ways, so just make sure you've chosen the method that works best for you. Make a realistic timetable. Stick to it.
Eat right. Treat yourself like a well honed machine - eat fresh fruit and veg and have a proper breakfasts. Fuel your brain as well as your body - no one can think straight on coffee and chocolate.
Sleep well. Wind down before bed and don't revise under the duvet - your bed is a sanctuary, not a desk. Get your eight hours.
Exercise. Nothing de-stresses the mind faster than physical activity, so build it into your timetable. Being a sloth makes our mind sloppy too.
Quit the bad habits.
Panic is often triggered by hyperventilating (quick, shallow breaths). So if you feel yourself losing it during the exam, sit back for a moment and control your breathing. Deep breath in and out through the nose, counting to five each way.
Steer clear of any exam 'post-mortem'. It doesn't matter what your mate wrote for Question 3(b), it's too late to go back and change your answers, so it will just make you worry even more.
Ultimately, don't lose sight of the fact that there is life after exams. Things might seem intense right now, but it won't last forever.
LGBT & Stonewall
If you need advice regarding LGBT speak to someone your trust, pastoral or visit the websites below for further support.
Out Central is a Youth group for young people age 11-19, who are LGBT or may be questioning their sexuality. Young people take part in a range of activities including trips out and social activities. Click on the link below for further information.
The Trans Youth group (Emerge) meets once a month on the first Saturday at Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham, B1 1EQ. The age range is specifically for 13 - 19 years old. It is a social group and support is there as and when required.