For many students exams can be a highly stressful time and managing stress levels can be as important as studying.
Kolbe Catholic College school counsellor Anne Galambosi said a student’s mental health can have a big impact on how they perform in the exam period.
‘‘The number one thing is students’ thinking—one of the things that can stress us out is unhelpful thoughts,’’ she said. ‘‘An example of an unhealthy thought is ‘it’s going to be too hard’ and a healthy thought would be ‘I’m going to do what I can’.
‘‘One of the biggest unhelpful thoughts is ‘I may as well give up now’ but instead you should think ‘if I work hard I can do this’.’’
Ms Galambosi said she offered her students tips throughout the year for ways to combat the anxieties which may creep into a student’s thought process when they’re facing a time which for some can be overwhelming. ‘‘My best tip for surviving distractions is to just say, ‘I’m going to just do five minutes’, and that breaks the barrier of not starting,’’ she said.
‘‘It all feels overwhelming when you think about starting, so when you feel overwhelmed just start five minutes on that subject and that might be enough to kick you into motivating yourself when you’ve got a distraction.
‘‘And listening to really good music is a great way to focus.’’