It goes without saying, but Covid-19 has caused a nice little disruption in students’ education and wellbeing. From school closures to exam stress, we’re left floating in a void of uncertainty. What’s next? To help clear up the confusion, we share a few tips on how you can regain control, reduce anxiety and achieve your learning goals.
How has Covid-19 affected students’ learning goals?
While many of you may have initially enjoyed some (well-deserved) time off school, it’s safe to say you’re not in Kansas anymore. In fact, you’re picking up the pieces of your disrupted education. Many of you will be feeling a little overwhelmed.
What you might be feeling really let down by is the ‘plan’ in place for exams, before, during and after Covid. The Guardian reports that school closures hit exam years the most. Those without access to digital systems fell behind their peers, and 1 in 4 of you said you couldn’t get help from family members.
The challenges on mental health
In a study of over 60,000 students, those in year 10 to 13 were affected the most, typically feeling more anxious, unmotivated and less confident in achieving their learning goals. So if you’re feeling the same, remember that you’re not alone. You’ve had a lot to process, so give yourself a pat on the back for trying to snap back into a routine. With the constant see-saw of rules and regulations, it’s only natural to feel worried about the future.
We hear your worries and are here to help. We have a few tips on ways you can best prepare for exams, and ultimately, achieving your learning goals.
What to expect in exams post-covid
Despite all the massive hoo-ha over the last 18 months, it seems like regular exam procedures are back on track. Or at least more knowledge about what works and what definitely does not when it comes to sitting exams remotely. Either way, if you have any upcoming exams in January 2022, you’ll probably be sitting them in the school hall (this was usually a sports gym for me!) with the rest of your peers.
However, the government has warned the nation about potential school closures over the winter period again. Before you groan, here’s what you should do: revise for your exams as normal. You would much rather have the practise under your belt, than go into an exam feeling clueless and end up panicking even more. So be prepared in case of any sudden changes!
In the event that teachers will take on the role of examiner, you’ll most likely achieve your target grades. For exam protocol, you may have to sit exams online and log in to software that tracks exam status. This means you’ll be under “exam conditions” and monitored. Alternatively, you might be asked to submit all your coursework as evidence of your learning. So make sure you keep on track for your deadlines and ask your teachers for support – that is what they are there for, make sure you make the most of them. Don’t leave it to the last minute.
If you’re someone who hasn’t had any experience and this is your first real exam year, don’t stress. You might even remember taking SATs or even the 11+ exams in school. Also, if you’re someone who has taken mocks throughout secondary school, final exams have the exact same feel to it. In the event that you do end up taking online exams, you’ll need a computer with internet access. Some of the online exams are 24 hours, allowing time for breaks, whilst others are a set 2 hours (with no ability to use Google… so no cheating allowed).
7 tips to prepare for exams and reach your learning goals
Finally, here are a few tips to help with exam anxiety and preparation:
Hopefully, these tips will leave you feeling more confident and in control, ready to face whatever Covid throws at you. No matter what happens, just know that I believe in you and you can do this.
Naida Allen is a Content Writer at Tutor House who specialises in physical health & wellbeing and careers advice. You’ll find her at a quirky coffee shop, or at home snuggled up with a crime thriller novel.
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