Your teachers are very proud of you and would like to leave you with some final words of advice that we hope will assist you in the lead up to your exams.
Firstly, remember to keep everything in perspective. It may not seem like it now, but it won’t be long before your exams and the ATAR will be a distant memory.
Nobody will be concerned what your ranking was and you will wonder what all the fuss was about. What you should focus on at this time is trying your best and working towards achieving a result that you can look back on and be proud of.
Secondly, don’t panic if your results are not what you had hoped for. As your careers advisers would have said, there are many pathways to enter the course you wish to undertake, or the career you wish to pursue outside of university.
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Stay resilient and determined to achieve your goals. Almost every successful person you meet will be able to tell you how many times they have made mistakes, doubted themselves, failed to reach a goal or just became so tired that they thought about giving up.
Lastly, take care of yourselves and each other. This time of the year is very stressful for students and sometimes everything may seem overwhelming.
Keeping a balance of study, exercise, socialising and resting is very important for your wellbeing. Too much of any of one of these can cause problems, so remember “Everything in moderation. Nothing in excess” – Socrates.
Tips for tackling HSC exam papers
Before you head into the exam room, here are a few tips from the Department of Education:
Answering multiple choice questions:
Read the question and try to answer it in your head before looking at the possible answers. Even if you think you know the right answer, read ALL the alternatives before you circle an answer.
As you read through the alternatives, put a line through the ones that you know are definitely wrong.
If you are not sure of the right answer, leave the question and come back to it when you have done all the others. If a question requires you to do a calculation, do the calculation first and then look for the right answer.
Remember that the alternatives in these questions often include common mistakes that students make, so check your calculations.
Answering short response questions:
Read the questions carefully. Look for key words and identify the aspect of the course they relate to.
Be aware that some questions may require you to respond by integrating your knowledge, understanding and skills from different areas of the course. If a question contains stimulus material — such as artwork, quotations or maps — it will be needed to answer the question.
Exam room do's and don'ts:
Do not take your phone or any other programmable mobile device into the exam room.
Forgetting your equipment or having faulty equipment won’t work as an excuse.
TAKE CARE during the examination: As you read through the alternatives, put a line through the ones that you know are definitely wrong.