TESTING TIMES: Trinity students, from left, Max Harlen, 18, Abbie Heffernan, 18, Isabella Zappala, 18, and Will Young, 18.
TESTING TIMES: Trinity students, from left, Max Harlen, 18, Abbie Heffernan, 18, Isabella Zappala, 18, and Will Young, 18. Cathy Adams

Balance the key to surviving the HSC, students say

AS THE second week of HSC written exams rolls to a close, four Trinity Catholic College students said balance was the key to getting to the finishing line with their sanity intact.

Abbie Heffernan, Will Young, Max Harlen and Isabella Zappala all walked out of the Mathematics Extension 1 exam yesterday feeling "pretty good".

The students were glad to dispense with what was their fifth exam in a block of eight but had their eyes set on the prize which for some was their last exam next Thursday.

"It's good to knock another one off the block and it feels like we're on the downward slope now," Mr Young said.

A Board of Studies NSW spokeswoman said one of the biggest mistakes students could make when mid-way through their exams was to lose momentum and stay up all night before an exam.

"Avoid studying for long, unbroken periods, instead look at what you want to achieve and break it down into smaller chunks of study time with regular breaks," she advised. The Trinity students had an approach to their final acid test that wouldn't see that happening.

"Balance is the key to doing well in these last couple of weeks," Ms Zappala said.

"Setting realistic goals and giving yourself a break to do something you enjoy is what I think will get me through," Ms Heffernan said.

And even though the students were visibly jittery to get out of their school uniforms and into the real world, they each said they would feel "weird" not coming to school every day.

"It hasn't sunk in yet that we won't be coming back here after our exams," Ms Heffernan said. "It's sad when you realise you won't see everyone every day."

But each of the students had their goals set on university and said life would keep on rolling after the HSC. "It's not the end of everything and the HSC isn't the be all and end all," Mr Harlen said.

The second week of HSC exams wraps up today with students sitting Economics, Entertainment Industry and History Extension papers.



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