We should just be told to try our best


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Exam anxiety is a serious issue affecting a significant number of students across the globe. Recent changes to the GCSE curriculum and modes of assessment in England have coincided with concerning findings regarding associated increases in exam anxiety in secondary school students, which itself is linked to detrimental effects on mental health, learning and achievement. Dr Laura Nicholson and Prof Dave Putwain provide an overview of exam anxiety, its effects and what psychologists can do to help reduce it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-41
JournalThe Psychologist
Early online date16 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • Exam Anxiety
  • Psychologists

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