Exam Study Strategies for Wellbeing

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The end of exam season is on the horizon, but many students will still be in the thick of GCSE and A Level exams. Rugby School Thailand’s ‘The Whole Me Forward’ programme recently devised a guide for maintaining wellbeing during this highly pressured time.

Mr Lynch, Head of Mental Health & Wellbeing, and Mrs Rowe, Wellbeing Officer, highlighted some simple but effective strategies for supporting the mental and physical health of students during exam periods. They introduced students to a basic daily ‘check-in’ technique to help identify and notice how they were feeling within their bodies. It was explained that whilst we can’t necessarily change our feelings, we can learn to recognise them, acknowledge them, and change how we relate to our feelings. The students found that taking a few minutes to sit quietly, closing their eyes, and letting their thoughts focus on their inner feelings, made them feel calmer and less anxious. This is a very short practice anyone can do at anytime, so it is an excellent tool to use before starting a revision session or taking an exam. 

Healthy Eating

The students also learnt about how to choose healthy brain-boosting revision snacks. Whilst students often reach for fizzy drinks, crisps, and sweet treats to increase energy, this was a great opportunity to highlight the variety of more effective alternatives that can be readily available in their cupboards. We encouraged the students to incorporate some of the following into their daily snacks.

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Dried Fruit
  • Homemade flapjacks and cereal bars
  • Berries

These foods all offer slow-release energy and are packed with important nutrients to help support the growing teenage brain. And good news for chocoholics – dark chocolate (with at least 70% cocoa) contains zinc, which is a highly important nutrient for brain function, so (in moderation) this is also a brain-boosting snack! Choosing the right snacks is important for the demands of exam season. 

Good Sleep

Sleep is also critical to a healthy functioning body, especially during revision and exams. We would like to encourage parents to help our students access the highest quality sleep they can. This can be done by reminding them not to have any caffeinated drinks (including fizzy drinks) after 3pm and switching off devices and mobile phones at least an hour before bedtime, since the blue light they emit prohibits the body’s natural ability to produce the sleep hormone, melatonin. Maintaining a daily exercise routine will also aid sleep.

Time Management

Sleep is also critical to a healthy functioning body, especially during revision and exams. We would like to encourage parents to help our students access the highest quality sleep they can. This can be done by reminding them not to have any caffeinated drinks (including fizzy drinks) after 3pm and switching off devices and mobile phones at least an hour before bedtime, since the blue light they emit prohibits the body’s natural ability to produce the sleep hormone, melatonin. Maintaining a daily exercise routine will also aid sleep.

Breathing & Focus

Mr. Lynch and Mrs. Rowe shared some helpful resources to assist the students to reflect on their progress in each subject area in order to plan what they will prioritise when revising. This helps to provide a focus, which will in turn help to manage stress and anxiety. The students were taught a square breathing technique, where they practised breathing in for a count of four, holding their breath for a count of four, breathing out for a count of four, and holding their breath for a count of four, visualising drawing the sides of a square at each step of the technique. This simple breathing technique signals the parasympathetic nervous system to calm the body down and can be very useful when students feel highly anxious. 

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Rugby School Thailand

Rugby School Thailand

Rugby School Thailand is een internationale dag- en kostschool, waarvan de aanpak is gebaseerd op het wereldberoemde Britse privéschoolmodel, en waarvan het leerplan is ontleend aan het beste van het Nationale Leerplan van Engeland & Wales en het Leerplan van de Onafhankelijke Scholen van het Verenigd Koninkrijk. Het is de eerste en enige school die de naam draagt van haar prestigieuze moeder, Rugby School (UK), die 450 jaar geleden werd opgericht en waar de wereldberoemde sport vandaan komt.