Higher School Certificate (HSC) examinations commence this week for the record number of students enrolled in HSC courses across the State.
More than 70,000 students will sit the first exam, English Paper 1 on Thursday 13 October.
Bulahdelah Central School Year 12 Advisor Casey Connell said it is important for students to take care of themselves and remain calm on the day of their exams.
“Have a good night’s sleep, eat something before the exam and drink plenty of water,” she said.
“It’s definitely important to stay focused on the task and not stress about the result.”
Ms Connell told News Of The Area there are many strategies that can help students relax including listening to music, going for a walk or reading a book.
“Meditation and breathing exercises can also be helpful,” she said.
“It’s going to be different for each individual, it’s just finding what works for you.”
Year 12 student Bonnie Mirisch said finding the balance between study and leisure time was the key to remaining calm.
“It’s important to concentrate on one thing at a time and have lots of breaks,” she said.
“I’ve been making notes and working through practice questions, but I’ve also enjoyed some time at the beach and shopping with friends.”
Fellow student Olivia Gillett said she took advantage of revision sessions with teachers during the school holidays.
“Being with helpful teachers and studying with friends is a relaxed and social way of revising,” she said.
“The small class sizes mean you get lots of personal attention and keeps you focused.”
While the girls are hoping to study at University next year, they both agree there are many different options and pathways available.
The examinations run over a 17-day period and Ms Connell encourages students to take care of themselves during this time.
“Stay in contact with friends and visit your school for assistance with preparation or advice if you’re feeling anxious. Your teachers are there to help,” she said.
Students can also contact confidential free phone counselling services including eheadspace on 1800 650 890 and Kids Helpline on 1800 551800 for advice.
Ms Connell sends her best wishes to all HSC students.
“Good luck Year 12, stay focused and do your best,” she said.
By Daniel SAHYOUN