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Dealing with Exam Stress

Everyone gets stressed about exams and there are lots of places you can go to for help and advice. It is natural that you will be a little nervous, but if your anxiety is making your life difficult you MUST speak to someone – a friend, a member of your family, someone at school. Every member of staff at Arena Academy is there for you and will be happy to listen to your concerns and worries. Don’t keep them a secret!

You can also find support and advice online via the following platforms: 

AQA | Student and parent support | Exam timetables and key dates

Exam stress and pressure | Childline

Help your child beat exam stress – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Dr Alex debunks exam stress – BBC Bitesize

Student mental health hub – Mind

10 Top Foods For Mental Focus & Studying

When you are hitting the books it is important to be in the best shape possible, both mentally and physically. Following a good diet will put your body in the best position to absorb all that information. It’s never too late to start following a brain fuel diet. Remember you are what you eat (or so they say). 

Here are 10 top foods for mental focus and studying:

1. Fatty Fish (Salmon, Tuna, Sardines)

Fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, and sardines, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health. Omega-3s help to build brain cells and improve communication between brain cells. They also help to reduce inflammation, which can damage brain cells.

2. Berries 

Berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries, are packed with antioxidants, which help to protect brain cells from damage. They are also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, which is important for cognitive function.

3. Nuts and Seeds 

Nuts and seeds, such as almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds, are a good source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. They also contain nutrients that are important for brain health, such as vitamin E and magnesium.

4. Dark Chocolate 

Dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants and flavonoids, which have been shown to improve cognitive function. It also contains caffeine and theobromine, which can help to improve alertness and focus. Just make sure it is good quality and at least 70% cocoa, the higher the better. 

5. Eggs 

Eggs are a good source of choline, an important nutrient for brain health. Choline is involved in memory and learning. Eggs also contain protein, which helps to keep you feeling full and energized throughout the day.

6. Avocados 

Avocados are a good source of healthy fats, fiber, and vitamin K. Healthy fats are important for brain cell health, fiber helps to slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, which can help to improve focus, and vitamin K is important for cognitive function.

7. Whole Grains 

Whole grains, such as oats, brown rice, and quinoa, are a good source of complex carbohydrates, which provide sustained energy for the brain. They are also a good source of fiber, which helps to regulate blood sugar levels and improve focus.

8. Leafy Green Vegetables 

Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collard greens, are a good source of vitamins and minerals that are important for brain health, such as vitamin K, folate, and lutein. They are also a good source of fiber, which helps to regulate blood sugar levels and improve focus.

9. Legumes 

Legumes, such as beans, lentils, and peas, are a good source of protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. They are also a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as iron, magnesium, and zinc.

10. Water 

Water is essential for brain function. It helps to transport nutrients to the brain and remove waste products. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches, and impaired cognitive function.

Revision timetable template and gcsepod

Additional support is available to year 11 students throughout the school week. Please contact your child’s teacher if you wish to have more information about any examination they may have.

Below you can download a blank revision timetable template (Word doc.) for students to create their own revision timetable. There is also a guide to the benefits of using GCSEPod for download.

Create your own revision timetable using this link: 

Revision Timetable Maker / Study Planner (getrevising.co.uk)

Five secrets to revising that can improve your grades | Advice for students | The Guardian

Watch the following videos for some extra advice on how to prepare for your exams:

information about examinations from jcq

The following documents contain information for candidates for examinations in the academic year 2023-24.

Past Papers

Past exam papers are a proven way to revise and improve your grades in a subject area. Below are a series of links that will allow you to download a selection of past exam papers in all subject areas.

Use this link to find any past paper for any website:  

Past Papers – JCQ Joint Council for Qualifications