National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

28 May 2015

A little bit of stress can be a good thing as it motivates us to knuckle down and work hard. But exams can make stress levels get out of hand, which can stop us from performing our best. So it's important to address it and get it back under control.

Stress Symptoms

Look out for prolonged or extreme cases of the following if you feel the work's piling up:

  • Difficulty getting to sleep or difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Constant tiredness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Poor appetite
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Increased anxiety and irritability
  • Increased heart rate
  • Migraines/headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness

If you've noticed three or more of the above symptoms and you've experienced them for a few weeks you may need to do something about your stress levels.

How to manage exam stress

  • Learn to recognise when you're stressing out. A break or a chat with someone who knows the pressure you're under will get things into perspective.
  • Avoid comparing your abilities with your mates. Those "Oh my God I've only read Macbeth 17 times" conversations are such a wind up. Everyone approaches revision in different ways, so just make sure you've chosen the method that works best for you. Make a realistic timetable. Stick to it.
  • Eat right. Treat yourself like a well honed machine - eat fresh fruit and veg and have a proper breakfast. Fuel your brain as well as your body - no one can think straight on coffee and chocolate.
  • Sleep well. Wind down before bed and don't revise under the duvet - your bed is a sanctuary, not a desk. Get your eight hours.
  • Exercise. Nothing de-stresses the mind faster than physical activity, so build it into your timetable. Being a sloth makes our mind sloppy too.
  • Panic is often triggered by hyperventilating (quick, shallow breaths). So if you feel yourself losing it during the exam, sit back for a moment and control your breathing. Deep breath in and out through the nose, counting to five each way.
  • Steer clear of any exam 'post-mortem'. It doesn't matter what your mate wrote for Question 3(b), it's too late to go back and change your answers, so it will just make you worry even more.

Ultimately, don't lose sight of the fact that there is life after exams. Things might seem intense right now, but it won't last forever.

Taken from BBC Radio 1 – exam stress series

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01 May 2015

Massey Ferguson is very pleased to announce this brand new, joint initiative with the National Federation of Young Farmers.  

Home Grown Talent is about recognising, supporting and rewarding young people who want to be part of the agricultural industry but are unsure about the path they would like to take in this early stage of their career development.

This new initiative is open to Young Farmers aged between 10 and 16 who are keen to pursue a career in agriculture. Through the scheme, Massey Ferguson will provide two people with the chance to learn new skills and gain valuable industry knowledge, through training, fun and experience.

Lindsay Haddon, Advertising and Sales Promotion Manager says, “Massey Ferguson is passionate about the future of farming. The next generation of farmers are the key to our success and as a company we stand by our commitment to support them, along with our dealers, wherever we can. Already this year we have had some great examples of Young Farmers who have had the opportunity to work with us and in turn this has opened new doors for them on their career path”.

Hannah Talbot, NFYFC Chair of Council, said: “Our members really like to see such an important company within the agricultural industry showing that they care about young people and investing in the future of agriculture. The Home Grown Talent campaign is an unprecedented venture between Massey Ferguson and the younger members of NFYFC, that further re-enforces the support that Massey Ferguson are offering to our members and the commitment they are showing to the next generation of farming.”

What is a Home Grown Talent Ambassador?

Two Young Farmers (one male and one female) will each be offered the opportunity to become a Home Grown Talent Ambassador. As Ambassadors, the two winning Young Farmers will have a tailored programme created for them by Massey Ferguson. This programme will support them to learn more about the industry and hopefully give them an idea about what they would like to do in the future. Included in this tailor made programme will be:

  • A trip to Massey Ferguson’s factory in Beauvais, France, for you and a parent/guardian.
  • Work experience and activities with Massey Ferguson. These will be held during school holidays (area of work to be agreed between both parties).
  • An expenses paid trip to an agriculture/trade show with Massey Ferguson for you and a parent/guardian.
  • The opportunity to spend time with a Massey Ferguson mentor. 

Read more about how to apply via our dedicated Home Grown Talent webpage.


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