HSC exams can be a stressful time for students. Boys are experiencing an increased workload, extra pressure to succeed and the anticipation of receiving results, not to mention the implications. The homework and study demands can be overwhelming for some students.
HSC examinations account for 50 percent of the final HSC result. So, it’s important that students put in the hard work over the course of the year as assessments and tasks completed during class will have a bearing on the final mark.
Knowing how to help your son can be challenging, so we’ve created an HSC Study Guide with practical tips to help your son learn how to study for the HSC.
- Encourage your son to remain up-to-date with class and homework throughout the year, revise class notes and summarise learning at the end of each unit.
- Make a list of what needs to be studied, or particular areas to focus on.
- Complete as many practice papers as possible.
- Organise notes in logical and easily accessible ways.
- A good place to study is somewhere quiet and comfortable with good lighting and ventilation, but away from busy areas of the home like the kitchen and lounge room.
- Provide adequate desk or table space.
- Ensure the study area is tidy and organised with everything your son needs within easy reach.
- Try to avoid creating a study area near distractions including siblings, televisions and video games.
- Help your son to create a study timetable, detailing which subjects will be studied on a particular day and allocating specific time periods to each.
- Encourage him to make effective use of his time and study when he feels energised.
- Schedule times for meals and family time.
- Remind him to schedule time for himself – time to exercise, meditate, have fun with friends or enjoy a co-curricular activity.
- Ensure your son eats the right foods on a regular basis. Greens, vegies, nuts, berries, whole grains, fish and protein are all great sources of energy for his brain.
- Remind him to avoid excessive coffee, tea and energy drinks.
- Water is the best source of hydration.
- Time out is important to remain fresh and focused when studying even if it’s just zoning out in front of a movie or having a chat to family members.
- Encourage your son to kick the football with mates, go for a swim, walk the dog, enjoy a co-curricular activity or revitalise his mind by listening to music, or meditating.
- Research indicates that regular exercise – the kind that gets your heart pumping – boosts the part of the brain used for memory and learning.
- Exercise encourages increased blood circulation, enhancing energy production.
- When your son exercises, his body releases endorphins which trigger a positive feeling, reducing the effects of stress and anxiety.
- Sleep is food for the brain and vital for your son’s wellbeing.
- Teenagers need approximately eight to 10 hours of sleep each night, to function at their optimum level.
- Regular sleep patterns are most effective, even on holidays.
Keep in mind that this is a very short period in your son’s life and your love and support will go a long way in helping him to survive and thrive throughout the HSC. Our tips for helping your son stay mentally fit at exam time may also help.
Trinity Grammar School is fuelled by a pastorally aware culture with exceptionally high levels of individual student attention, and we pride ourselves on knowing, understanding and nurturing each and every student. We offer boys unparalleled support, equipping them with the skills they need to manage the challenges of the HSC effectively.
Trinity’s Pastoral Care guidelines focus on the fundamentals of good parenting — providing both care and discipline — enabling boys to grow into self-confident, trustworthy and resilient young men. Combined with an ongoing partnership between the School and home, your son will thrive in a consistent, caring and nurturing environment.
Our Life Skills Programme is part of a whole of School approach to health and wellbeing that enhances our boys’ capacity to be emotionally resilient and socially competent. Discover more by downloading our Life Skills guide now.