A-Level and Mental Health
A-Levels are a hectic time for most students. There is immense pressure associated with the qualifications – especially for those students aiming to gain entry into more competitive fields such as medicine
What if I fail?
What if I don’t get the grades I need?
What if my chosen University rejects me?
With questions like these floating around, it is only natural for students to be hit with a wall of stress and anxiety. That is why at such a delicate time, it is now – more so than ever before – necessary to look after one’s mental health. This article is dedicated to providing students with some helpful tips so that they may soldier through these tough times:
1. Keep things in perspective:
Didn’t do as well as expected on a mock? As much as you’re likely to hate having to hear this, it isn’t the end of the world. A mock test is – more than anything – a learning experience. It is an opportunity to note whether you were able to cope with the stress of the exam conditions while completing exam-style questions. Having a disappointing mock result doesn’t mean you’re not going to do well. For all we know, it could be a blip, a small hurdle in your journey.
Always remember to keep these much smaller attainments in perspective: yes you may not have done as well as you would have liked, but that may just mean you’re weaker in this certain aspect of the course – thus allowing you to have a new focal point for revision. Keep it all in perspective: remember a small test isn’t representative of your full potential. It’s all about perspective.
2. More does not equal better:
During A-Levels, it’s easy to convince yourself that doing more work means you’re going to do better. Less can be fine – as long as the quality of your work is high. It’s important to keep a healthy work-life ratio: know when to put in the hard work, but also when to unwind. Doing huge loads of revision doesn’t mean anything; it could actually be counter-productive as it’ll leave you more frazzled than ever before.
3. Rest as an essential form of consolidation:
Yes, you read that right. Sleep is necessary for all human beings – even students. In fact, students need it more so than others. Sleep aids consolidation; it means that most of the learning that has taken place during the day is committed to memory. Sleep also helps manage stress.
However, unfortunately for some, that doesn’t provide them with a free ticket to sleep during the day – oh no. Nighttime is when you should get your rest. Believe it or not: all-nighters are not by any means a good method of revision, it is simply a means of cramming – and as all A-Level students realise year after year, you can’t get good grades by cramming alone.
4. Don’t lock yourself away:
Fact: human beings are social creatures. As such, it is important to not lock yourself away during exam season. Talk to people – friends, acquaintances, cousins and so on. And not just about work, about random things that suit your fancy: your favourite YouTube star, a movie you really want to watch, what book you would take with you if you were stranded on an island…
The point is it’s important to socialise as not only does it help cope with stress but it can provide you with a much-needed break away from the world of revision.