HSC study tips

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WITH HSC ex­ams start­ing Oc­to­ber 17 stu­dents in the district are get­ting ready for an in­ten­sive pe­riod of study.

Fol­low­ing are some tips for Year 12 stu­dents to stay fo­cused dur­ing ex­ams:

● Eat well. You are what you eat rings true for exam pe­riod so eat bal­anced and healthy meals.

● Stretch. Stretch­ing sends fresh oxy­genated blood to your head, neck and shoul­ders.

● Take hourly breaks to clear your mind and recharge by walk­ing around in the fresh air.

● Sleep well. Sleep is im­por­tant for mem­ory and con­cen­tra­tion, aim for a min­i­mum of six hours, ide­ally seven to eight.

● Get into a rou­tine. Aim to go to bed and wake up at around the same time each day. This will get your body into a rou­tine so it’s eas­ier to fall sleep and you will wake up re­freshed.

● Find when you are most pro­duc­tive. Some peo­ple work bet­ter at the be­gin­ning of the day, while oth­ers work best in the night. Sched­ule in­tense re­vi­sion at the peak of your pro­duc­tiv­ity.

● Don't eat meals at your desk. You need a phys­i­cal and men­tal break as well as time to in­ter­act with your fam­ily – your big­gest sup­port team. Make sure you share meal times to­gether so you stay con­nected.

● Laugh. Laugh­ter clears the cob­webs from your mind and puts you in a pos­i­tive mood. Try think­ing of a funny story or watch a com­edy to boost your mood.

● Ex­er­cise reg­u­larly. Ex­er­cise, es­pe­cially out­doors, can help stu­dents cope with men­tal stress and recharge. Take a 30 minute walk out­side, jump with a skip­ping rope, hit the gym or take the dog for a walk in the park.

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