The end of year 11 and 12 brings much excitement for students and families. As our year 12s finish their formal study and complete final assignments ,many will begin to prepare for end of year SACE Exams.
The majority of SACE exams now count for 30% of the student’s overall grade. How students prepare for exams and how they cope with exam stress is a skill that we work through with our students in years 10 to 12. For parents/Caregivers supporting your teenager through their final school exams can be extremely daunting for parents. However, maintaining a calm household will ensure your child has the best chance of success.
To perform at their best, students will need regular and adequate sleep, a healthy diet, daily exercise and regular reassurance from parents that their success in life does not depend on their final mark. Many students will experience high levels of anxiety and depression during this time, so it is important that their mental health is looked after as well as their physical health.
Students should do plenty of practice exams, focussing on questions they don’t understand and always getting feedback from teachers. Parents should try not worry if they feel their child isn’t studying enough. Sometimes students need to experience the consequences of their choices as they do not have the maturity to associate effort with outcome. Getting a bad mark will not be the end of the world, but more of an inconvenience.
The following articles from our school TV network offer many positive skills and strategies to be successful in exams.