Excelling with Pressure, September/October 2022

Overcoming Exam Pressures

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This workshop teaches pupils psychological skills to help them excel in different pressure scenarios they face in life. The session uncovers key lessons from individuals who consistently deliver their best performances in pressure situations. The workshop has a fun focus. This is met through using tasks, impact techniques, videos, and stories.

All our teachings are underpinned by research.


Students will learn how to maintain and develop a belief in all scenarios they face in their lives. They will be taught the skill of self-talk, exploring its relationship with confidence. They will come to realise when their beliefs are irrationally negative and learn how to ‘put doubts into doubts.’

Control 2

The participants will discover how to gain control in the build-up to pressure inducing events. They will understand how to maintain emotional control in the midst of stressful situations to enable clarity of thought under pressure.


The pupils will be taught how to let go of mistakes and the positive impact this has. They will learn how to recover from setbacks, both in the midst of and after a performance. Additionally, they will comprehend the power of letting go of worries and different techniques that can facilitate this process.

Timetable Understanding

The students will examine the importance of simulating their study conditions to meet exam conditions, with a particular emphasis on the test environment and test technique. Under pressure, we revert to habit.


HIP delivers fun, evidence-based workshops that teaches students practical strategies to allow them to excel. In this workshop we cover the following key objectives:

  • Enhance confidence
  • Think clearly under pressure
  • Challenge unhelpful thinking
  • Prepare for pressure
  • Maintain emotional control



Our aim is inspire, educate and have a lot of fun along the way.

Our passion lies in helping people to increase their well-being and performance.

We do this by teaching practical and evidence-based strategies

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What our clients say

St Malachy’s High School, Castlewellan.

St Malachy’s High School, Castlewellan.

HIP delivered workshops to both our year 13s (exam preparation) and year 14s (resilience).  The students thoroughly enjoyed and benefited greatly from the workshops. The workshops were value for money. I believe we will see its true benefit in August on Results Day.
Mr. Peter Hynes, Head of Year 14.

St Columbanus’ College, Bangor

St Columbanus’ College, Bangor

HIP delivered workshops to our pupils on different occasions, including sessions to year 9, year
11 and year 12 groups. Although the various sessions focused on different themes, the common thread throughout was a workshop that  the pupils could relate to and found enjoyable. The important strategies and key messages taught had a massive impact on our students in the classroom and beyond.

Mrs. Claire Mc Mahon, Head of Year 12

Royal Belfast Academical Institute

Royal Belfast Academical Institute

The HIP Psychology pre-exam study skills session was of great benefit to our year 12 pupils. The session helped them develop robust strategies to add value to their preparation, revision and learning environment. There was a nice balance between interaction and group work, which led to high levels of pupil engagement.
Mr. Sam Gamble, Learning Mentor Year 12

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