I make sure she has lots of breaks

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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.

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