How to nail Year 12, starting now
It’s your final year of high school and it can be an exciting, happy, stressful, nostalgic, anxious, sad or confusing time. Everyone reacts differently and there is no right or wrong way to deal. We’ve got some tips on how to survive and thrive.
Take care of your body
Brain and body are closely connected so make sure you take the time to eat well and exercise. Exercise helps improve your mood, decreases stress and increases your energy levels.
Get enough sleep
Sleep is important for our bodies to recover and recharge. Without it, it can be hard to concentrate and remember things. Sleep is food for the brain and is essential to your wellbeing, just like the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat.
Create a study schedule, set aside time for each subject throughout the week, start assignments as early as you can, set yourself deadlines to complete work and make the most of free periods or study blocks by heading to a quiet location free from distractions.
Part of studying smart means using a variety of methods. Don’t fall into the trap of only using your textbook to get you over the line. Check out online resources like HSC Hub, and use study guides and notes from past students. Don’t forget flashcards and mind maps. Also – don’t waste time studying content you know. Keep your study interesting, and efficient.
Ask for help when you need it
If you’re struggling with something, a topic in class or just school or study in general, talk to someone – your parents, friends, family, teachers, or school counsellors – and talk to them early, before stress starts to build up.
Learn to say no
Balancing school, sporting commitments, work, music or drama rehearsals, family commitments and a social life can be challenging. It’s also important not to commit to too many things when you really have no time to spare.
Keep things in perspective
Year 12 is important but it will not dictate the rest of your life, we promise. You are more than the number they assign you at the end of the year. Remember, there is always more than one admission pathway into a course or career.
Research your post Year 12 options
Research and planning for life after school is a nice break from study. Looking at the bigger picture can also help you stay motivated. So if you’re interested in university, make sure to consider where you want to go to uni, what course you want to do, and how to get into that course. Don’t forget to organise some fun times before you return to study or enter the workforce.
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