About school work and exam stress
There is a lot of pressure on children and young people to do their best and get good results, and the stresses and strains of school life can sometimes get on top of them, and they can find it hard to get on with their school work and homework.
There may be a number of reasons for this:
- Difficulties concentrating in class due to noisy or disruptive pupils
- Problems with friends or bullying
- Difficult relationships with teachers
- Pressure around course work hand-ins or exams
- Problems learning due to specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia
- Problems paying attention due to developmental problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Problems at home getting in the way
- Feeling unsupported by parents or carers.
Children and young people may refuse to do their homework or to take part in lessons at school. Their marks may fall and they may stop trying their best. They may get stressed and angry, or develop behaviour problems, or they may withdraw and develop depression or low self-esteem. If your child is at an age where they do homework without supervision, they may say they have done it when they have not.
Some children and young people may become very stressed and anxious and may be very reluctant to go into school, or even refuse to attend at all.
Exam stress in particular can cause problems with eating, sleeping, anger and anxiety levels. If a child is already experiencing emotional problems or mental health difficulties, exam stress can be the last straw.