With 80,000 Year 12 students preparing to sit their Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams, there are more than 150,000 parents in the background doing their best to support their child during this time.
Parental support is essential for any HSC student (whether they show it or not!) but parents themselves may not know the best way to support their childs education in the lead up to the final exams.
If you are determined to see your child succeed and achieve their best, then you are well on your way to being indispensable during this time.
Most (if not all) students doing their HSC exams will experience some level of stress during this time, so help them find their release valve. This might be exercise, reading or taking time out with friends.
Encourage effective time management by making a list of tasks with your child and prioritising them or using meditation to relax.
Routine, exercise, sleep, socialising and family are key elements to getting through the year in one piece.
You want to be feeling fresh and ready by the time September comes around.
Help your child develop a solid, planned-out routine set up early. Work with your child to establish how much time they have outside of school and extra-curricular commitments. Help schedule time each day for homework, study, revision.
Help schedule exercise, time with friends, and relaxation time for you and your child and after all that make sure they still have time for a solid eight of hours of sleep
Ensure that your child has your practical support.
This may mean driving them to the library if they need it or buying extra stationary.
Encourage regular physical activity in between exams to combat stress and cabin fever, and make sure that your child is eating properly and healthily.
This means consuming lots of wholegrains, fruits and vegetables containing protein and carbohydrates for prolonged mental alertness and concentration.
Offer emotional support in the way of reassuring your child that you are and will continue to be proud of their achievements during the HSC year.