Study Stress

Study stress action pack

Stress is natural. It's the body's way of sharpening focus, and of increasing stamina and alertness, so that you can rise to challenges and face tough situations. This type of stress is productive stress. On the other hand, unproductive stress can cause health issues and other problems. It’s important to be able to relieve or manage unproductive stress.

The key to managing stress is finding the sweet spot between the two types. The following activities with stress management techniques for students should help them do that.

This resource is designed to help you support your students (and their parents and carers) through the stressful exam period. It includes a suite of activities intended to help teachers or wellbeing staff better understand how students experience stress. Interactive activities can be used to promote class discussion and to help those who may not be coping with the stress in their lives.

The activities cover tips and resources on everything from encouraging students to adopt a growth mindset, to suggestions for effective study habits. We’ve also included some of our most popular content from ReachOut.com that you can photocopy and share with your students, as well as content from ReachOut.com/Parents that you can share in communications with the parent community at your school.

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Classroom resources

Designed to be engaging and relevant to your students

What is stress?

Help students reflect on current levels and understanding of stress. Learn what influences levels of stress, including what we can and can't control.

9-10

11-12

60 minutes

Growth mindsets

Students explore the concepts of growth and fixed mindsets and the impact these can have on managing stress.

9-10

11-12

60 minutes

Managing exam preparation

Students investigate their strengths and goals to reflect on their study routines.

9-10

11-12

60 minutes

Exam stress management

Students investigate practical strategies to manage exam stress.

9-10

11-12

60 minutes

Wellbeing Fives

Energise, refocus and develop wellbeing in your students in 5 minutes

Three good things

Encourage students to share good things that have happened in their life with other students which can help build relationships and connections.

7-12

5 minutes

Easy classroom stretches

Stretching is a simple stress-release activity. Stretching increases the blood flow to muscles, which helps release tension. Students can stretch sitting at their desks or while moving around.

7-12

5 minutes

Releasing stress

This exercise uses progressive muscle relaxation to help student notice, release and manage muscle tension and feel less stressed.

7-12

5 minutes

Helping others with study stress

Students need to feel empowered not only to help others, but also to help themselves. This activity gives students the opportunity to role play difficult conversations they may have with friends.

7-12

5 minutes

Check-in line

Sometimes students can’t explain how they are feeling. Using a continuum removes the pressure and lets students demonstrate visually how they are coping.

7-12

5 minutes

Goal setting

Goal setting is a great way to focus and motivate. By setting clear and achievable goals, young people can remember the what and the why.

7-12

5 minutes

Mind dump

When we feel overwhelmed, it’s easy to dwell on what we don’t know, instead of celebrating what we do know.

7-12

5 minutes

Physical life for stress release

Exercise is important; it not only gives students a break, but also releases endorphins.

7-12

5 minutes

Resources for parents and carers

Share with parents and carers to support a whole school approach to student wellbeing

7 tips for managing exam stress

Top tips for parents and teens to manage exam stress.

How your teenager can manage distractions

Help your teenager manage distractions by encouraging these tips.

Quiz: Reflecting on your expectations

Take this quiz to reflect your expectations at exam time.

What happens after high school

Hear from four families about what they did after exams and high school.

Resources for students

Engaging and reliable content for young people to support their wellbeing. 

5 steps to study success

We’ve done the homework on studying so you don’t have to. These are your scientifically-proven steps to study success.

How to prioritise and get stuff done

Here's a simple tool to help you prioritise tasks and get stuff done.

How to nail your study/life balance

It's important to study, but it's just as important to find balance and have fun along the way.

Stress swaps: Ways to reduce exam stress

If you're feeling stressed about exams, there's some simple swaps you can make to help you deal.