YEAR 12: Trinity students revising for their HSC exams are Lily Anthony (left), 18, David Flanagan, 17, and Grace Wade, 17.
YEAR 12: Trinity students revising for their HSC exams are Lily Anthony (left), 18, David Flanagan, 17, and Grace Wade, 17. David Nielsen

Twelve years of work being put to the test

IT IS all about the breakfast.

Three Year 12 students from Trinity Catholic College in Lismore plan to have a hearty breakfast of eggs before their HSC English examination on Wednesday at 9.20am.

David Flanagan, 17, is going for a long run before breakfast to release endorphins to help him relax during the exam.

Grace Wade, 17, of Lismore, plans to get up extra early while Lily Anthony, 18, of Lismore, said she would read over her summary plans before breakfast.

English is the only compulsory subject in the Higher School Certificate and all 2532 HSC students in the Northern Rivers will be sitting for the exam on Wednesday.

Grace's favourite subject is textiles and she is looking forward to that exam on November 13, which is the last of the year.

She has a study time- table that helps her stay focused. She works for an hour-and-a-half and then has a five-minute break, even if it is only to get a glass of water.

She feels guilty about her parents if she gives in to the distractions.

“They're not hassling me, but I don't want to disappoint them and I do get distracted easily,” she said.

Grace's mother, Lyn, has seen her four children through the HSC in the past five years.

“I tell them it's not the be-all and end-all, there is life after the HSC,” she said.

David confessed to being 'susceptible to distractions'.

“It's the time of your life you want to have fun,” he said.

He plans to study law or marketing, and needs high marks to get into a university in Sydney or Melbourne.

“Most people who are anxious put pressure on themselves to perform. I have realistic expectations of myself.”

While the exams are a time of stress for students, 50 per cent of each student's mark is already locked in from their practical work throughout the school year.

The Board of Studies does offer an advice line for students.

If you are studying late at night and have a last-minute question, you can ring and talk to a teacher on that subject, a spokesperson for the Board of Studies said.

The website gives tips and advice to students and parents during this intense time of study.

There is also help at hand for parents in how they can support their child through the HSC.

Tips for parents • Provide balanced, nutritional meals. • Encourage sensible sleep routines. • Encourage regular exercise. • Provide a good place to study that is free from the distractions of music, television and has good ventilation. • Be encouraging. • Highlight their successes and strengths. • Avoid confrontations on minor things. • Avoid nagging, gentle reminders are okay but nagging doesn't help. • Remember to tell them you love them. • Try to understand the stress they may be feeling about this changing time in their life. • Remember you are only human, as their mum and dad you want what is best for them. Do what you can, but the rest is up to them. HSC facts • Exams across NSW start on Tuesday. • Exams end on November 13. • English is the only compulsory subject for all students. • Presiding officers from the Board of Studies monitor all exams. • Online exams results available December 16. • Results can be received by SMS. • Summary exam results sent to students in mail on December 18. • Formal certificates sent out January 12. • The Board of Studies website is available in 10 languages. • For support for students and parents go towww.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au • HSC Advice Line 13 11 12


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