High School Exams (October – November)

by / Sunday, 01 September 2013 / Published in General

Welcome to Spring!

The start of September means that high school exams in Australia are now only 6 weeks away (click on your state for the timetable: NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA).

For students who are currently preparing for their exams September is an important month. Many students will still be attending school, however, the focus has now shifted from completing coursework onto exam preparation and study.

There will also be another group of students who are yet to commence their preparation for exams, preferring to leave it to the last minute. This view stems from the belief that 6 weeks is too long to remember material for exams. Rather than viewing exams as an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned during their course, these students view exams as a memory test and their study habits (cramming) reflect this.

During the lead up to exams it is important to keep a balanced perspective. Study is important but it is not everything. Students need to make sure that they plan their breaks and still enjoy spending time out socially or doing activities that they enjoy.

Rest and recovery are just as important as time spent studying, so parents need to be mindful of this when they see their kids having a break. Conflict can often arise if parents ‘remind’ their children about their study commitments while they having a break.

It’s important for parents and their children to be on the same page when it comes to exam preparation; breaks are important and parents need to allow them to occur. Students also need to uphold their part of the deal and be studying when they say they are going to study. It’s a two way street and communication between parents and students will help reduce any potential conflicts.

For more information on how to prepare for exams please visit the Slam the Exam course.

Wishing all students (and their parents) all the best.







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