Exam Survival Guide – for parents

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Surviving Year 12 exams – a guide for parents

– By Ms Milanna Heberle, Rossmoyne Senior High School Principal –

August 27, 2020.

This year has been a very different and disrupted year and it is important to acknowledge this as you support your children to perform at their best.  It is important to emphasise that ATAR is a rank; a comparison against all other students in the state. Every ATAR student is in the same position this year and everything is relative. With many students receiving early offers, it would be easy for them to relax and not perform as expected. This is where students need to understand that their performance can impact on others. They need to perform as expected for their classmates and others. For themselves, students need to maintain their level of learning: skill-development, knowledge and understanding, so they are best prepared for their university pathway.

I have spoken to the Year 12 students about what they want to be known for. It would be easy to blame COVID-19 for mediocre achievement but I believe our students are much better than that. I have challenged them to be known as the Year 12 class in our history books who despite the most unprecedented of events, rose above and still performed exceptionally well.
Here is how you can help them…

Ms Heberle’s 5 Tips to help your children through exams

  • Reducing Stress

    It is normal to feel stressed during an exam period. In fact, some nerves are beneficial. Help your child to do activities that will reduce stress, for example, there are a variety of apps that help with meditation and mindfulness. Taking the dog for a walk works really well too.

  • Getting Organised

    Get them organised. All students have an exam timetable. Make a plan. Have them double check what they need for the exam and get it ready the night before.

  • Having a Daily Routine

    Keep a balanced daily routine. Sleep, and eating regular, healthy meals are really important. So is exercise. They should be drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeine-based and sugary drinks.

  • Finding their Study Techniques

    Study habits need to focus on quality not quantity. All students should know which study techniques work best for them. One of the most effective ways of learning is to teach someone else how to work with a new concept. There is nothing like some Mathematics or Human Biology over the dinner table

  • Managing Family Wellbeing

    Look after yourself. Exams can be stressful for parents and family members too. Please don’t over accentuate the importance of exams as your children will feel your stress and try to meet your expectations. The better you manage your stress, the better it will be for your children.

If for some reason your child can’t attend an exam, contact the school immediately and complete the necessary paperwork outlined in the school’s Assessment Policy.