Balance the key to beat­ing exam stress

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Surviving Study Stress - Sara Fitz­patrick

HALE School pre­fects Nicholas Cokis and James Haskis say they feel a gen­eral sense of calm around exam study pe­ri­ods.

Although some stress arises at times, both Year 12 stu­dents keep their spir­its high while bal­anc­ing stud­ies with ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing char­ity work.

Nicholas helps char­ity Fairgame gath­er­ing do­na­tions of sports equip­ment, and James as­sists Nulsen Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices, sup­port­ing peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual, phys­i­cal and ac­quired brain in­juries.

Their se­cret to min­imis­ing stress is to main­tain sport­ing and per­sonal com­mit­ments and to be well pre­pared for ex­ams by hav­ing a def­i­nite study sched­ule.

Nicholas likes to go for runs to clear his mind and get a quick meal with friends af­ter ex­ams to un­wind.

“Ad­vice from my school and fam­ily has been to break up study by get­ting away from the desk – this makes the study that you ac­tu­ally do far more ef­fec­tive since you ap­proach ev­ery new topic with a re­newed sense of pur­pose and vigour,” he said.

“Sport train­ings, runs and walks are a great way to do this.”

James avoids worry and ten­sion by us­ing his time wisely and ar­rang­ing ad­vance.

“The sooner that you plan your study, the more likely you are to get it done and, in turn, be able to en­joy a stress-free exam pe­riod,” he said.

“The best bit of ad­vice I re­ceived from Hale is that you shouldn’t wait for ex­ams to prompt you to study, you have to be en­gaged ev­ery day with spe­cific goals in mind and to plan your study in de­tail.

“It’s amaz­ing how much you can get done and how ef­fec­tive your study can be if you get or­gan­ised.”

Nicholas added that stu­dents should re­move dis­trac­tions like phones from the study area, en­sur­ing they make the best use of their time.

“My fam­ily has long in­sisted that while aca­demic re­sults are im­por­tant, a well-rounded ed­u­ca­tion is about far more than merely marks,” James said.

“It’s just as im­por­tant to em­brace a wide va­ri­ety of pur­suits, to take your­self out­side of your com­fort zone, be­cause ul­ti­mately those ex­pe­ri­ences are the ones which shape you and, in the im­me­di­ate con­text of ex­ams, help you to re­lax and de-stress.” ac­tiv­i­ties well in

Year 12 Hale School pre­fects Nick Cokis and James Haskis.

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