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HSC survival tips

Manage study and HSC exam stress with our tips for parents, carers and students.

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Support from family and teachers is crucial at this busy time for Year 12 students.

We know our Year 12 students may be feeling stressed as they head towards the pointy end of the school year. Support from their family and a little extra planning in the lead-up to the HSC exams goes a long way to helping our students thrive.

Tips for students

To help students tackle their exams and to manage stress levels, the department have put together some tips on our website. Share the HSC help for students section with your teens so they can survive and thrive during the HSC.

You can:

  • hear advice from past students to find out how they coped with the HSC
  • read tips on how students can manage their time during the exam.

Help for parents and carers

It can be difficult for parents and carers to navigate this tricky time in their child’s life. Sometimes it can feel like you too are going through the HSC! A healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand to help your child succeed.

Read HSC help for parents and carers for some ideas on how you can best support and encourage your child during the HSC.

Video – HSC advice from former students

Duration – 1:03

Watch this video to hear HSC advice from recent Year 12 graduates.

Video transcript


If you were to do the HSC again what would you do differently?


If I was to do the HSC again I would probably be more organised.


Probably do more past papers instead of writing notes. That way I get more practice on what kind of questions would be in the exam.


When I got my ATAR and I was really happy with it I was like damn. If I had known that or if someone had told me then I think I would've been like a lot more calm and I probably would've done better as well.


To someone who is about to sit their HSC exams my best advice to you I guess is to breathe.


Don't stress way too much. There's always different pathways to do what you want to do.


Going over the dot points of the syllabus.


I didn't do amazing in my HSC. I did fine. I probably didn't do as well as I should have. But it really didn't close as many doors as I think a lot of people think that it might.


Yes it may reflect you know your academic abilities and the effort that you put in. But ultimately your success and your happiness is determined by yourself and what you want to get out of life.

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