Re­lax, chill out, then stress

South Waikato News - - Front Page - LUKE KIRKEBY

The South Waikato’s high school stu­dents are now well and truly into their end of year ex­ams and for many that means el­e­vated stress lev­els.

Toko­roa High School head girl Tiare Manu and 2017 head girl La­haina Solomon said anx­i­ety was high amongst their peers and they felt it was im­por­tant stu­dents worked out plans to man­age.

For La­haina that means study­ing only at night and chilling dur­ing the day.

‘‘It is about find­ing what works for you, don’t go main­stream, just find some­thing that suits you,’’ she said.

Tiare said for her it means not let­ting the nor­mal things she en­joys be pushed aside.

‘‘When it’s study time that is when I can stress but other than that I need to keep act­ing like ev­ery­thing’s nor­mal, go to things like sports train­ing and keep my mind off things,’’ she said.

La­haina said it was also im­por­tant for stu­dents to speak out if they were find­ing things too much or work in groups.

‘‘I went to a study group and two of the boys had this thing where they had food in their books. If they read a cer­tain amount of pages they could eat it and it re­ally worked. Junk food al­ways helps,’’ she laughed.

‘‘Def­i­nitely bounce ideas off of each other.’’

Tiare said those un­der the most stress hadn’t fo­cused through­out the year but she said it wasn’t too late.

‘‘You didn’t sac­ri­fice ear­lier in the year so just sac­ri­fice your time now. You can [then] go back to your nor­mal ways,’’ she said.

‘‘I know a lot of us have two pa­pers for each exam so see what pa­per you think you will be best at and work hard on that one,’’ La­haina said.

She re­minded those who will fail that it is ‘‘not the end of the world’’ and to use it as mo­ti­va­tion to get bet­ter.

‘‘If you are only in year 11 or 12 use it to help you get through next year, use it to help you to want to be bet­ter,’’ she said.

For­est View High School coun­sel­lor Gay­lene Hughes said the na­ture of Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tional Achieve­ment (NCEA) has meant stu­dent stress has been vastly al­le­vi­ated from what it once was.

‘‘Stress is a part of life but I think NCEA and schools are well po­si­tioned to pre­pare stu­dents for ex­ams through con­stant in­ter­nal as­sess­ment,’’ she said.

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