Exam time = stress time. Whether you’re at school battling your HSC, VCE, QCS, NTCE, SACE, WACE or TCE (phew!), or you’re at TAFE or university, exam stress or general Year 12 stress can be really tough.
Balancing study with having a life can be really tricky on its own - let alone having to deal with the stress, anxiety or even panic that exams can cause. But never fear, we’ve done the homework on HSC stress and we’ve got you covered with everything from in-depth help on coping with anxiety, to tips on how to make your stress work for you (yes, this is a thing), to how to study effectively with the most genius tricks and hacks, some of which will make you LOL.
Whether you’ve already sussed out a study timetable or you’re all a bit last-minute, here’s how to feel better and study smarter at exam time.
Coping strategies for exam stress
Amy, Philip, Calypso and Christo share their study stress stories and share what they did to cope.
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How Calypso got through year 12 exams
Always a high-achiever, Calypso realised that her high standards were causing her anxiety and panic attacks. Here's how she dealt with extreme exam stress.
How Christo didn't care about the HSC
Christo knew that the HSC wasn't really for him, but he still found himself getting stressed out about his future.
How Amy found her own way through the year 12 exams
Here's how Amy kept her motivation for her final exams, despite not needing an ATAR.
Disability, exams and Philip's epic focus
Having muscular dystrophy meant that Philip got more time to complete his exams. Here's how he developed his epic focus and organisational skills.
Jack's exam stress story
Jack from Dubbo finds exams super-stressful, so he’s developed some ways of coping. Here’s his four-step guide to dealing with exam stress.
How Becks got the guts to head back to school
Becks regretted dropping out of school and feared a future of selling french-fries. Read about how she got back into education.
Advice for those about to do year 12 exams
Get some good advice from those who’ve been there. We asked four recent year 12 grads to share their best tips for making it through the final exams.
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