RELAXED: Mum Michelle Bush with her daughter, Edie, who is about to start her HSC exams.
RELAXED: Mum Michelle Bush with her daughter, Edie, who is about to start her HSC exams. Patrick Gorbunovs

Only few days to go, but Edie's ready for her HSC exams

EDIE Bush will be one of 75,168 NSW students to sit the first written exam for this year's Higher School Certificate on Monday, October 14.

While the thought of writing furiously in the first English paper might send a chill down the spine of anyone who remembers their final HSC exams, Edie is surprisingly calm.

In fact, the same can be said for proud mum Michelle, who joked her daughter can write better essays than her.

The Trinity Catholic College student who is studying ancient history, advanced English, religion and Italian, said perhaps she was in "denial" about her impending exams but was confident she had done enough preparation to get her over the line.

And so she should be, having topped the class in more than one subject for her school-based assessment.

"I think I know what to expect," Edie said. "The teachers have prepared us well and given us the tools we need when we go into the exams."

Michelle had some advice to parents helping their children through this stressful period.

"Parents need to be open to how their children study," Michelle said. "Some are meticulous in their study habits and others like to do it all at once.

"I know Edie finds it beneficial to study with her friends and that's not something I ever did."

Both Edie and her mum agree all work and no play can make anyone looking down the barrel of the HSC exams dull.

"It's important to take time out and have a break, whether that is family time or spending time with friends," Edie said.

Board of Studies NSW CEO Carol Taylor said HSC may be what 12 years of schooling led to, but it was not the "be all and end all" of a student's future.

"It's important to keep it in perspective as there are plenty of alternate pathways and doors that will open post-HSC," Ms Taylor said.

She also agreed with Edie and her mum and advised students to make time for relaxation in the period leading up to those final tests.

"This means it's okay to use Facebook while studying but keep it in balance and don't spend hours on there," Ms Taylor said.



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