Inspiration, Well-Being and Success Tips – Understanding pressure- Week 9



Inspiration, Well-Being and Success tips for your 11 Plus

Inspiration for Students

How are you all feeling?

As you are in week 9 of your course and perhaps you are feeling a little under pressure about completing this work?

You may also be feeling a little under press because other people are talking about the 11 plus.

Some people used the word stress when what they actually mean is feeling under pressure. There is a big difference in the meanings of these words.

And the first thing to say, is that a little pressure is not bad and short bursts of feeling under pressure can keep your brain more alert, and being alert makes you perform better. So, that is a good thing.*



To counteract the feeling of being under pressure, you could incorporate some or all of these into your day:



Patting a pet

Going out into a green space

Dancing to your favourite songs

Chatting to friends




Remember if you do feel very low and you feel desperate, you must speak to a trusted adult who will be able to help you.

Do not keep how you are feeling to yourself.

A problem shared is a problem halved.

Talk to someone.


Success Tips

English Vocabulary- Read a newspaper

As we have said before a good grasp of vocabulary is the basis of every part of the English section within the exam.


This means understanding that words have a number of different meanings depending on whether it is a verb or a noun etc.

This means understanding when a word which sounds the same has different meanings and which one is which.

Eg: sea and see, serial and cereal.


The more you can understand the subtleties of the English language, the better.

So get reading!

Keep learning the weekly synonyms and antonyms

Read a newspaper as much as you can for some non-fiction and also current stories.

Underline any words that you do not know.



*Elizabeth Kirby, neuroscientist Uni of California


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