Richmond River High School students Tessa Nicolaou and Gina Park-Caesar finish their first HSC exam at the Lismore Workers Club.
Richmond River High School students Tessa Nicolaou and Gina Park-Caesar finish their first HSC exam at the Lismore Workers Club. Cathy Adams

Satisfaction and relief now the HSC exams are underway

A SENSE of satisfaction and relief emerged with students from Richmond River High after they finished the first of their Higher School Certificate exams in English yesterday.

Gina Park-Caesars was "pretty happy with how it went" because the questions were adaptable, she said.

The English exam required writing an essay, writing a story and a comprehension test.

For the story, students were given the first sentence and had to complete the rest.

"It was all about belonging to a place," Tessa Nicolaou said.

"I think I could have prepared more, but I think I went well."

Last minute study Tips:

  • Prepare well, make sure you practise on past papers.
  • Take time to relax and be normal.
  • Don't overdo it with too much study over long periods without breaks.
  • Take regular exercise.
  • Make sure you have time to relax and unwind. Try guided meditation or yoga, whatever lets you switch off.
  • Aim for eight hours sleep.
  • As the Board of Studies says: eat well, sleep well and keep moving.

It was "a bit of breakthrough" to have the exams finally underway.

For Patrick Ivers, preparation was the key to a confident finish.

"It wasn't too bad, I did a fair bit of study," Patrick said.

Anna Jeffs was preparing for the worst but was quietly confident.

"If I tell myself I didn't do too well, I will be surprised by a good result," Anna said.

NSW Health's HSC survival guide

  • Don't eat anything before an exam that you haven't eaten before, don't experiment.
  • Don't eat a huge meal because it could make you feel sleepy or sluggish.
  • Eat something, even if feeling queasy, because some exams are three hours.
  • The best breakfast is to combine complex carbohydrate and protein. eg muesli and milk, yoghurt and fruit or eggs on toast.
  • If you need a boost before the exam, say because of a long-travel time, try a banana or other piece of fruit. These give both instant and sustained energy.
  • No soft drinks or other overly sweet things for breakfast or before exams. The energy boost is high and strong but doesn't last.
  • Coffee and tea are OK if it is typical. Don't have either if you don't normally have them for breakfast.
  • Make sure you drink plenty of water.

But she didn't have too much time to dwell on the outcome because she had to start preparing for the hospitality exam held yesterday afternoon.

Despite just starting the three-week program of exams that runs until November 5, the students were are all advanced in planning for their first year out of school in 2015.

"I'm going to Spain for a gap year," Anna said. "I am basically going to do nothing".

Tessa had her eyes on studying nursing and Patrick was planning a degree in sport and exercise science.



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