I make sure she has lots of breaks
Picture: Dylan Robinson NORTHERN beaches mum Anahi Calvo says the support she offers her daughter, Isabella, has little to do with studying and text books.
The 18-year-old, who will soon sit her final school exams, is selfmotivated to study. But Calvo says making sure her daughter has plenty of breaks to socialise with friends and exercise is just as important as the time she spends with her books.
“We’re pretty lucky, Isabella is really responsible when it comes to studying and had already established good study patterns long before the HSC came along,” Calvo says.
“But every now and then I encourage her to take a break, go for a bike ride or a walk, or even just hang out with her friends.
“There is so much pressure put on the kids about this one lot of exams and I think they need to be able to find balance, especially in the lead up.”
Along the same theme, Calvo says she has had many conversations with Isabella (pictured left, with friends Oscar Luff and Sangmo Lama) about keeping the exams in perspective.
“Yes the HSC is important and yes we want her to do well, but Isabella knows her results are about a lot more than just how she does in that one exam,” Calvo says.
“She knows she has worked really hard up to this point and given her final year at school a good go.
“She’s received her class rankings for the year and is really happy with where she stands.
“I think it’s also important for kids to know that there is life after the HSC and your whole life won’t fall apart if you don’t get a top mark. I think the best thing I can do for her is give her life perspective and she’s very positive about her future, what more could I ask for?”
Isabella, who plans to enter the childcare industry after she finishes school, has limited the amount of social outings in the lead-up to the exams, but still keeps in close touch with her friends, including Oscar and Sangmo. When she needs a break from the books, she exercises to release stress and also works one night a week, all of which provide a good balance which experts claim is crucial to relieve exam stress and anxiety.