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Testing time for senior students

Monday, 14th October, 2013

Willyama students Codie Whitehead, Ben Mills and Katelyn Rudd getting in some last minute study for the HSC exams that start today.PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Willyama students Codie Whitehead, Ben Mills and Katelyn Rudd getting in some last minute study for the HSC exams that start today.PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By By Emily Roberts

Students will sit down this morning to start their Higher School Certificate exams.

The exams open with English and finish with Visual Art on Wednesday November 6.

Willyama High School students, Katelyn Rudd, Codie Whitehead and Ben Mills, are looking forward to getting stuck in.

“This week, since school has commenced, all three of us have been going to see our teachers and gaining extra assistance and having study sessions,” Katelyn said on Friday.

“We have also used the Free After School Tutoring Centre run at Willyama extensively and have also assisted each other.”

Katelyn, who has received an early offer to university for primary education and nursing, said she has been doing a lot of revision.

“I am very much a visual learner so I have made posters that I spread out on my bedroom walls and throughout my house,” she said.

“I have made diagrams, written notes, palm cards. I have also done online multiple choice tests and past papers/questions.

“The hardest part has been getting into a routine and finding motivation.

“I originally over-estimated how much study I planned to do each day and found my routine quite hard to thoroughly stick to but my aim each day is roughly anywhere between four and six hours with sufficient rest breaks in between.

“I have started to really feel the pressure within the last few days and have found myself being really overwhelmed. It’s only just kicked in that our HSC starts next week.”

Katelyn said Willyama’s teachers had been really helpful during the study process and had given up their weekends and free periods to assist.

Ben said he was starting to feel the stress as he wanted to become a veterinary surgeon but was getting help from Katelyn.

“Ben and I have shared many phone calls regarding study and basically just helped each other out. We both just want the best for each other despite basically being each other’s competition in some subjects,” she said.

Students will be able to get their HSC results online and by SMS in December and the official credentials will be mailed in January.

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