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HSC key but educators call for calm

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West Wallsend High School Principal Fiona Walsh says “there is light at the end of the tunnel” as students sit their HSC exams across the state.

Year 12 students completed their first exam, English Studies or English Paper One, last week, with the final tests, Design and Technology and Textiles and Design, marked down for Monday 11 November.

While she knows her pupils are ready, Dr Walsh encourages them to try not to stress during this time and to put in as much effort as they can.

“They have risen to every challenge and faced every obstacle; they have exceeded my expectations,” she says.

While studying for the exams, focus on what you don’t know.

“Look at what you do know and then focus on a few key aspects of each subject that you need to work a little bit more on.

“My second tip is to know the syllabus document.
“The exams are written from the syllabus; it will be helpful if you understand it.”

Some other tips from the state government include reading the entire paper, making notes, starting with an easy question, looking for key words and knowing what the question requires.

Dr Walsh adds the HSC is important, but believes its value is dependent on the student’s future aspirations.
It is a belief shared by renowned education expert, University of Newcastle professor John Fischetti, who advises students to “have confidence to stay in the moment”.

“Don’t rush; take your time and be calm,” he says.

“If it doesn’t work out it will be ok.

“HSC is the beginning, not the end.

“It is a key that will open a door, but there are other keys.”

Both Dr Walsh and Professor Fischetti say that family support is vital during this time.

“Taking it easy and being positive is crucial – try to be flexible and understanding,” Professor Fischetti says.

Dr Walsh wishes all Year 12 students across NSW the best of luck.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel; you are almost finished,” she says.

“Never give up and always follow your dream.”

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