One down but HSC pain not over yet
Monday, 24th October, 2011
By Erica Visser
Local year 12 students have finished the first week of the Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams.
But for Broken Hill High School students Kady Lacey, Hayley Lawrence and Chloe Ralph the hardest exams are yet to come.
They sat the English exams last week but say that the one they are most worried about is biology on Friday.
“We’ll probably be studying for bio together,” Hayley said.
They said that they didn’t have a set technique for studying but they tried to have a break or change subject when they became restless.
“I don’t have a set way. That’s pretty much how I do it,” Kady said.
The NSW Board of Studies suggests that when studying students use a variety of techniques such as diagrams and note-taking to help the memory.
It is also recommended that they study in a quiet environment and take regular breaks.
The girls said that in order to relax they exercised regularly.
“Yesterday we walked from the North side of town to the other side,” Hayley said.
While the HSC is a stressful time for any student, for Kady and Hayley, whose families live on stations, it is especially difficult.
Since the age of 16 Kady has lived by herself in Broken Hill during the school terms while her parents live on Pine View, 180km from the city.
“I do have to cook my own food. It does make it harder,” she said.
Hayley, whose family lives on a station 250km along the Tibooburra Rd, shares a house with her 16-year-old brother.
Kady hopes to study Radiation Science in Wagga Wagga and Hayley, nursing.
Chloe said she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do but had applied for university.
Local MP John Williams wished the students luck.
“I’d like to wish all students in the Murray-Darling electorate sitting their HSC exams the best of luck and I hope they will do their very best,” Mr Williams said.
“While the HSC remains a vital introduction to university studies, it has now evolved into a world class credential that encourages students to explore a wide range of subjects that suit their interests, abilities and potential career paths.”