The Dreaded ‘R’

It’s come to that time of year again…the textbooks have surfaced, the pressure is on and stress levels are high. Exams are around the corner and it’s time to revise!

Revision is the topical subject for many households with teenage kids. There are thousands of us around the UK who are preparing for the onslaught of the dreaded exams. Notes are being written, revision cards are being made but, as always at this stage, I feel that I am still three weeks behind. As we get older, the exams we are sitting will actually affect our future, determining which subjects we take and influencing which university we will attend.

Challenging though it may be, not every young person has been given the opportunity to study and be guided as we have. The majority of teenagers are not given that direction and therefore it seems to me that very few achieve their full potential.
At Queen’s we are in a very lucky position. We not only have the necessary resources to help us on our path to success, but we also have an amazing support network from our friends, family and teachers. I have to admit, I am forever talking about my teachers’ ability to go above and beyond what is asked of them, staying after school for revision sessions and even lunch times. For me, these extra hours have been a true life line.  For those of you who are in the early stages of the school, I can assure you that when it comes to your time for important exams that really matter, you will be given all the necessary guidance and support you need.

I understand that around this time, stress is beginning to build; there are deadlines for coursework and of course, the exam itself. Personally I find that sometimes it’s better to relax, take a breather, go outside and do some exercise. I am sure that when I’m under pressure and my brain has been ‘overloaded’ it helps me to go on a bike ride and clear my head.

So if you think that the next few weeks are too challenging, and that all this stress is not worth it, please think about ‘the bigger picture’. The exams are a relatively small price to pay for the opportunity to realise our full potential.