According to a governmental report into the link between well-being and attainment, schools that have programmes that directly improve students’ social and emotional learning demonstrate 11% higher results in exam results*


The Effective Exam Preparation programme delivers 8 weeks of weekly mentoring and coaching sessions. It is a successful programme for all students preparing for exams in any year and any setting and results in:

  • Mental and emotional preparation for revising and exams
  • Increased self-belief in passing exams and increased self-belief overall
  • Decreased stress and anxiety, improved mental health
  • Understanding of Accelerated Learning and how this impacts revision and exams positively
  • What to do on exam day
  • Better exam performance
  • Increased personal performance
  • Increased wellbeing
  • An understanding of emotional health and emotional intelligence
  • Building relationships and support with other students in the group, creating an environment of true motivation within the group
  • A lighter load after offloading problems
  • Disclosing of problems and issues that can be communicated to the school
  • Spotting mental health issues
  • More confidence speaking in groups

ChildLine carried out 3,077 counselling
sessions about exam stress to young
people in 2016, a rise of 9% on 2014/15.
There was also a rise of 20% of concerns
about exam results, with 1,127 counselling
sessions compared to the previous year. 

The difference between the Effective Exam Preparation programme and other exam preparation advice is firstly, the relationship of trust and guidance created between myself and the students. Secondly, it is the focus on increasing the students’ self-belief culminating in them confidently and without hesitation saying “yes I can achieve my goal of passing my exams.” The students are given essential tools to achieve the goals they set out during their exam periods and beyond.

Students are encouraged to stay positive, but how do they do that? The Effective Exam Preparation programme prepares students mentally and emotionally for their exams, in relaxation and in achieving their goals. They rediscover their self-belief in their ability to pass their exams and obtain the results they need, transforming their thoughts and feelings about exams and themselves.

92 per cent of young people feel anxious
about revision and exams. Some
vulnerable young people are
turning to alcohol (14 per cent)
and self-harm (8 per cent) to cope.
(Childline, 2011)

A safe, relaxed space is created where the students feel they can switch off from the busy environment of school and exams. There is a focus on new ideas, new ways of communicating with yourself and understanding yourself better, discussion, group counselling, relaxation and meditation, stress management, Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques, coaching techniques, emotional intelligence, coaching and motivating each other, Accelerated Learning, Personal Performance coaching, inspiring stories about successful people and self-governance of the group. Students are given real tools to help build inner resilience and well-being, and are inspired to a more empowering way of thinking about their exams and themselves. These tools can be used for life and the students are encouraged to use them wherever possible as they go on to different stages of their lives.

The students own view of themselves changes as the programme progresses which is noticeable to themselves, their teachers and the people they live with. They complete the programme with less stress and anxiety and more focus and belief in passing their exams and working towards their dreams.

A survey by the Scout Association
revealed that 90% of teenagers in
the UK (aged between 13-18-years-old)
felt under pressure to achieve high
grades at school and in exams.
(Scout Association, 2007)

I have experience working with vulnerable young people with medical issues, who are witnessing violence in the home, who have experienced abuse, who have experienced neglect, who are dealing with bereavement, who are experiencing divorce, who are being bullied, who are cared for children and who have mental health issues. Trained as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, I am equipped with knowledge regarding mental health issues that young people experience and is aware of signs to look out for.

* Public Health England, 2014