The short intermission before Term 4 only means one thing for Year 12 students - exam preparation.
Students in their final year have been busy in the holiday break revising for the final assessments.
Naracoorte High School Year 12 student Ryan Pedler is happy with the take home practice exam strategy with the real test fast approaching.
“It’s probably the best way to do it I reckon,” he said. Ryan, 18, has taken on chemistry, physics, woodwork, maths methods and specialist maths this year.
The joint school captain admitted study loads can get tricky with sport and working commitments.
“At times it does (get tough) because you have all the assignments due close together but you have to make sure you prioritise things,” Ryan said.
He hopes to study civil and structural engineering at university next year once he finishes.
Fellow school leader and student Tamika Nash-Hahn discovered her way of keeping a clear head in what can be a stressful year.
“For me, a big thing is getting outside and going for a walk in the nature park so you’re not always sitting inside staring at a computer screen or a piece of paper,” she said.
“Term 3 has been pretty hectic but other than that it hasn’t been too bad.” Tamika chose biology, English, math Methods and physical education (PE) as her final year subjects.
Despite PE being her main concern, the 18-year-old is hopeful she will grasp the knowledge with a revision day in Penola planned during the break.
Colleague Graeme Modistach believes the take home exams given to the students will be beneficial.
“Revision is really the only way you can prepare for exams...you get a good mix of what you’ve covered throughout the year,” Graeme said.
Graeme, 18, who has taken on physics, chemistry, economics and maths methods, feels balancing school and part-time jobs can be managed.
“Sometimes that does get in the way but really if you schedule your time around it, it’s easily doable,” he said.
After a gap year, Graeme hopes to study business, economics and commerce at university.
The three students compiled a short list of tips for their fellow classmates.
- Find out your due dates for assignments, tests and exams so you can plan ahead.
- Organise plenty of study time and don’t leave things to the last minute.
- Reduce extra curricular activities/commitments if the workload becomes too heavy.
- Get enough sleep, exercise and make sure to maintain a balanced diet.