Meet chal­lenge to re­duce stress

South Western Times - - News - Emily Ace

The fi­nal count­down is on for Year 12 stu­dents, with WACE ex­ams to of­fi­cially be­gin with Chem­istry and Ge­og­ra­phy on Mon­day.

Bun­bury Cathe­dral Gram­mar School head of psy­chol­ogy said while it could be a dif­fi­cult pe­riod for stu­dents, it was also ex­cit­ing.

“It is prob­a­bly a bit of a stretch to en­joy the ex­ams, but kids who re­ally see it as a chal­lenge tend to get less stressed about it,” he said.

Mr Lin­coln said the first pri­or­ity should be set­ting re­al­is­tic goals.

“Ob­vi­ously they are go­ing to feel stressed, but that is OK be­cause it is a stress­ful pe­riod,” he said.

“As long as they keep on top of those sorts of things, set good goals and are sleep­ing, eat­ing and ex­er­cis­ing well – I think the gen­er­a­tion go­ing through now are han­dling it bet­ter than past gen­er­a­tions.

“As long as they have tried as hard as they can, what­ever hap­pens, they will be al­right – we know that from ex­pe­ri­ence ... they need to keep that per­spec­tive.”

Bun­bury Se­nior High School deputy prin­ci­pal aca­demic per­for­mance Kelly An­der­son said her stu­dents were con­fi­dent head­ing into the exam pe­riod.

Ms An­der­son said the op­por­tu­nity to com­plete mock ex­ams had taken away a lot of the trep­i­da­tion.

“To have that fa­mil­iar­ity with the rou­tine and all the rules they can re­lax on that part and just stay fo­cussed on the exam they are about to do,” she said.

She said it was im­por­tant to “touch base with the real world” while study­ing and stressed the im­por­tance of get­ting a good night’s sleep.

“It shouldn’t be about what you do in the last few days be­fore ex­ams, it’s about your whole year’s work rather than hop­ing you will get over the line with a last minute cram,” she said.

“Be­ing run down doesn’t help your thought pro­cesses.”

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