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Exam anxiety
revision time

This is the crucial period in the run-up to the public HKCEE exams. We all remember pre-exam tension: the apprehension, gnawing worry and stress that come with being tested. It is perfectly natural to feel stressed and can act as a good motivator. Unfortunately, it can also have terribly negative effects on young people who do not know how to deal with stress. Many of them have unrealistically high self-expectations, they are under pressure from school to succeed and fear most of all the idea of letting their parents down.

HKFYG provides stress counselling to counteract these negative effects. Hotline workers and school social workers offer understanding and a calming effect for panicked young callers who are overwrought and unable to concentrate for fear of doing badly.

They reassure and explain how important it is to understand how stress works in order to counteract it. They tell disorganised students how to manage their time for revision, giving practical advice on nutrition, rest and relaxation as well as on the options just in case of failure. Read this week's Feature Story and Facts & Figures for comment and statistics from counsellors, parents, students and researchers on the effects of exam tension.

Feature Story
sleepless nights

Time for exams: stress, symptoms and relief

Thousands of students are taking the Hong Kong public exams in the next few weeks. They are under terrific pressure because of the atmosphere that prevails for everyone at exam time. In Hong Kong there is extra pressure to succeed because of the competition for places in sixth form and higher education, as well as for good jobs. We talked to one of the candidates, a self-confessed worrier, and to a Federation counsellor who tries to give relief … more...

Facts & Figures

Perceptions of stress in exam candidates

Upcoming events

Dragon Foundation Charity Premiere: Spider-Man 3

Date Friday 27 April 2007
Time 7.30pm
Venue Palace IFC, Central
Guest of Honour The Hon Ambrose LEE Siu-kwong, IDSM, JP, Secretary for Security, HKSAR
Aim To raise funds for Dragon Foundation's flagship programmes:
       Global Citizenship Programme, Dragon 100 and Lecture Series for Youth Leaders
Enquiries Dragon Foundation tel 2811 2779

A cappella around the world Hong Kong Melody Makers in concert

Date Saturday 28 April 2007
Time 8pm
Venue Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Jockey Club Auditorium
Programme a cappella songs
Guest of Honour The Hon Michael Suen, GBS, JP, Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands, HKSAR
Guest performers performers Mr Hins Cheung, Mr Peco Chiu, Ms Yuki Ip, Mr Albert Lim and Mr Eric Monson
Ticket reservations and enquiries Maggie Chung (Music Administrator) tel 2395 5759

10th Coming of Age Ceremony
Date Friday 4 May 2007
Time 6pm
Venue The Jockey Club Auditorium, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Guests of Honour
Mr Li Gang, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR
Mrs Carrie Lam, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs
Leaders to Leaders Lecture Series 2006/07
Speaker Mr Shih Wing-ching, JP
Chairman, Centaline Group
Topic Visionary Thinking
Date Tuesday 8 May 2007
Time 6pm - 8.30pm
Venue Rayson Huang Theatre, HKU
Participants 300 nominated student leaders and university students
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