Years 12-14, Six Pillars of Peak Performance

Exam Preparation Workshop

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HIP is a company that specialises in the performance of psychology. For five years we were sport psychology service providers to the Ulster Rugby Academy, one of only two professional sports environments in the province of Ulster. We take the key psychological skills from professional athletes and contextualise them to the school exam journey. 

The overarching aim of this workshop is to provide pupils with an enjoyable and educational experience. By the end of the workshop they will have six key tools to allow them to be mentally equipped for their tests. We aim to provide students with a sense of control and confidence by knowing that the psychological box has been ticked within their exam preparation. 


your pupils will go through our Six Key Pillars which are:

Swim in your own lane
Pillar 1: Swim Your Own Lane

We highlight to pupils how comparisons to others can be unhelpful. We look at typical comparisons students engage upon, the detrimental impact these comparisons can have and how to avoid these behaviours.


We demonstrate to pupils the significant benefits in recreating exam conditions within their study, giving students top tips on how to achieve this. “Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your study.”

Divise a Routine

We explore the benefit of students controlling the build-up to an exam rather than the build-up controlling them. A bespoke routine that works for each pupil will aid them in being focused and mentally ready come exam time.

Squared breathing

Gaining control of our heart rate in pressured situations allows greater clarity of thought, this is the ideal mental state for exams. We teach pupils the skill of squared breathing to help them achieve the ideal emotional state for performance.

What if then I

We explore with pupils the fact a ‘curve ball’ may happen during exams. We look at typical examples, delving into what an ideal response to these will look like. This will help students stay on track if things don’t go exactly to plan.

Stay in the movement

We look at an intervention HIP carried out with a professional sports team we supported. The aim of this pillar is to teach pupils how to stay focused in the present moment, we do this via exploring psychological triggers

By the end of the workshop, pupils will have developed the skills to help them:

  • Think Clearly Under Pressure
  • 'Let Go' Of Mistakes and Anxieties
  • Maintain Emotional Control
  • Take Control Of The Build Up
  • Mentally Prepare In A Manner That Enhances Performance

Perform to your best, an exam guided imagery script.

We are pleased to be able to offer you a free “perform to your best, an exam guided imagery script”.

Helping to:

  • Increase Confidence
  • Manage Anxiety
  • Think Clearly
  • Remain Calm

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