The HSC can be a highly stressful time for students. Not only are they experiencing an increased work load, they are also experiencing pressure to succeed and anticipating the implications of their results. The homework and study demands can be overwhelming for some students.
Knowing how to help your son can be challenging, so we’ve created an HSC study survival guide with 7 quick tips to help your son through his HSC.
1. Prepare prepare prepare!
- 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 practise papers as possible
- Organise notes in logical and easily accessible ways
2. Create a space conducive to studying
- 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 loungeroom.
- 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.
3. Prepare study timetables for effective use of time
- 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.
4. Feed the mind, body and spirit
- 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.
5. Revitalise the mind, body and spirit
- Time out is important to remaining 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 meditation.
- 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 in his body, reducing the feelings of stress and anxiety.
- Sleep is food for the brain and vital for your son’s wellbeing.
- Teenagers need approximately 8 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.
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 and they are equipped with the skills they need to manage the challenges of the HSC effectively.
To learn more about the Trinity difference and how we help boys to realise their potential, passions and purpose in life, download our prospectus.