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Final year exams even tougher for some students this year

Farzana Nazari Source: SBS

Teachers say preparing for exams has been especially difficult for students with English as a second language. While not all students face the same challenges, many have reported feeling extremely stressed this year.

A survey of 1000 students by mental health organisation ReachOut found one in three students feel study stress is having a major impact on their mental health, which is almost twice as many as last year.  

The CEO of ReachOut is Ashley de Silva.

"So we saw really significant increases in the number of young people who were finding it difficult to focus and having trouble sleeping. As well as many young people recognising that from a nutrition perspective they had moved over to the high caffeine and sugar side of things."

His advice has been to encourage students to keep some perspective this exam season. 

"As important as this feels right now, it will not make or break your whole life. Some really quick things you can do is make sure you have a routine, stick with the sleep, and just make sure you are taking time out among all these exams to still do things that help you renew."

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