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How to help girls overcome exam anxiety

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Girls are more likely than boys to be gripped by anxiety about tests, so how can you help them to take the plunge and perform at their best? Professor David Putwain shares his findings with Christina Quaine

Exam stress and girls

The clock looming ominously at the front of the exam hall. The creeping sense of dread as you wait to turn over the exam paper. The questions swimming before your eyes as you become convinced that you haven’t done enough revision.

The nightmare of exams is something you never forget, even if you haven’t sat down to take one in years.

Figures released last summer by Childline revealed a 15 per cent spike in the number of counselling sessions with children and teens who were fearful about exam results compared with the previous year. And it’s girls who were more likely to ask for help, making ...

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