ERC Updates

Year 12 Happenings…..Reducing Stress for the Trial HSC Examinations!

As the Trial HSC examinations approach, it is natural for our boys to feel a surge of stress and pressure. However, stress should never hinder one’s ability to excel. To help navigate this challenging period we’ve gathered some effective strategies to reduce stress and promote success during trial examinations.

  1. Set reasonable goals: With the trial exams approaching in week three, it is essential to be realistic about the time you have remaining and how much you can accomplish. Set achievable goals based on your schedule and prioritise revision accordingly. Focus on areas within a subject that require attention.
  2. Simulate real exam conditions: To prepare yourself for the actual examination, create simulated exam conditions at home. Print of sample papers, set a timer and challenge yourself to complete the allocated exam within the allotted time. By replicating the exam, you are not only improving your knowledge of content but also familiarising yourself to the process and reducing anxiety.
  3. Study with a peer: Collaborating with a study partner provided you are both focused can have multiple ways. Studying with a peer helps clarify doubts, provides motivation and added support. Teamwork can and will often lead to better results.
  4. Practice mindfulness techniques: Incorporating mindfulness techniques into your exam preparation routine can help you stay calm and focused. Practice deep breathing exercises. These techniques can be particularly helpful during moments of exam anxiety or when you feel overwhelmed.
  5. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Remember the importance of taking care of your physical well-being prior to and during examinations. Maintain exercise routines, eat nutritious meals and get sufficient sleep. This will provide you with energy and mental clarity when you need to perform your best.
  6. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, if you find yourself struggling or feeling overwhelmed don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Talk to someone you trust such as Mr Marsh, Mr Breeze, your teachers or your peers. Remember, you’re not alone on this journey.

Good luck to each and every one of you as you prepare for your Trial HSC examinations. Stay focused, stay positive and take care of yourself along the way.

Mr Marsh and Mr Breeze
Pastoral Care Coordinators