It’s the last weekend before the HSC and year 12 students across the state will be cramming or chilling in the lead up to the biggest exams of their school lives.
The Higher School Certificate kicks off on Monday at 10.20am with English (standard, advanced and ESL) and continues for four weeks until Wednesday, November 5.
While the exam period can be a stressful experience, students are being advised by teachers, counsellors and community leaders to put it in perspective.
An online campaign called There’s Life After was launched by ReachOut.com and the Inspire Foundation to provide final year students with motivational videos and advice from famous Australians, including Rove McManus, Karl Stefanovic, Malcolm Turnbull and Ita Buttrose.
ReachOut.com executive, Mick Garnett, told The Newsroom, “People think there is only one path to follow and that their mark in year 12 determines that. With the #thereslifeafter campaign and all the video messages, people very clearly say that there’s a bunch of different ways that you can get to whatever you want to achieve.”
Wagga Wagga resident, Kayla Fulmer, sat the HSC last year and said her message to others was to try as hard as you can and do your best on the day, but to accept the outcome. “Remember that there are so many wonderful things in every person that the HSC cannot test for,” the 18-year-old said.
HSC student, Rosaline Parker, 18, of Granville, said the nerves were starting to kick in. “At the moment I’m feeling stressed, but I’ve been going over my old assignments and trying to memorise heaps of quotes for my essays,” she told The Newsroom.
Sarah Ashley, 18, of Berala, was also anxious and stressed out about achieving the ATAR she needed to do a science-based university degree and felt she hadn’t studied enough. She’s been managing her stress levels by eating a lot and being with friends.
Thea Stevenson, 18, of Wollongong, was planning to spend this weekend focusing on the first exam. “I’ve stopped working on other subjects and am now solely focused on English,” she said, “I’m planning to do at least two full past papers for both exams and then extra essays for the modules I’m not so good at. Plus, I’ve got to dedicate some time to memorising my quotes more accurately.”
But Ms Stevenson said it was also important to find some balance, “The other thing I’m doing to prepare is taking some time out and exercising to make sure my head’s in the best place for the exam,” she said.
Students can visit the NSW Students Online site for HSC details and enquiries, including course enrolments and timetables. – Report by The Newsroom team
Top photo by Mohammad Rassawala.