Aus­tralind ed­u­ca­tor’s ATAR ad­vice

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Sam Gibbs

Year 12 stu­dents are in the thick of their ATAR ex­ams and Aus­tralind Se­nior High School deputy prin­ci­pal Nigel Wake­field has of­fered some ad­vice to both stu­dents and par­ents.

Mr Wake­field said stay­ing or­gan­ised and bal­anc­ing anx­i­ety and re­lax­ation was key to get­ting through the exam pe­riod.

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and it’s about peak­ing at the right time,” Mr Wake­field said.

“It’s very im­por­tant for them to have a good life bal­ance by get­ting enough sleep, eat­ing the right foods, keep­ing them­selves or­gan­ised.”

“They’re young and it can be stress­ful so there needs to be a real fo­cus around mind­ful­ness and life bal­ance.”

Mr Wake­field said it was im­por­tant for stu­dents not to talk to each other be­fore ex­ams about what they have stud­ied to avoid last-minute panic.

“Get in an or­gan­ised mind­set, it can be daunt­ing look­ing at it as a whole,” Mr Wake­field said.

“Get into a morn­ing rou­tine be­fore ex­ams, you’ve got to get into a state of Zen.

“In the thick of bat­tle you’ve got to keep to your struc­tures.

“Know when your ex­ams are and prac­tise planned pro­cras­ti­na­tion such as clean­ing your room or or­gan­is­ing the clothes you’re go­ing to wear.”

As for par­ents, Mr Wake­field said it was im­por­tant to stay out stu­dents’ way and be sup­port­ive in­stead of nag­ging. “By this time in the year they’ve ei­ther put in the ground­work or they haven’t,” he said. “Be re­as­sur­ing. Kids doubt them­selves un­der pres­sure, it’s about pos­i­tive af­fir­ma­tion rather than push­ing them with neg­a­tive pres­sure.”

Mr Wake­field said he was con­fi­dent in the group of Year 12s and ex­pected the me­dian ATAR score to be more than 80.

“We have a lot of re­ally top per­form­ers, we’re look­ing at about seven or eight kids out of 47 achiev- ing a score above 95,” Mr Wake­field said.

“The vast ma­jor­ity will gain uni­ver­sity place­ment, they’re a good bunch of kids and they’ve worked re­ally hard.”

As for next year’s batch of stu­dents, Mr Wake­field said he led a group of years 10s and 11s on an overnight ATAR camp in Perth last week.

They stayed in stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion at Mur­doch Uni­ver­sity and toured the cam­pus, and also vis­ited the Uni­ver­sity of WA.

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