8 ways to support your mates during the HSC

Getting some laughs in, sharing study notes and organising regular group hangouts are just some of the ways Year 12 students are supporting each other before their exams.

We asked Year 12 students to share how they're looking out for their friends during the HSC. The common thread between their answers? Keeping connected.

Read their responses and a few tips of our own below.

Student voices

I am doing study groups with my friends at home and we also go to the library to study together. We try to and be positive towards each other and I have a small group of friends that I do weekly meditation/mindfulness practice with.

- Grace P, Cronulla High School
Having a shared Google drive where people can upload notes, past papers and other studying material for everyone to use really helps to support our whole grade. In addition, relieving the mood with some memes and banter between friends is always great at the end of a study period.

- Ashwin C, Normanhurst Boys High School
I've been doing my part as school captain to ensure all students are being supported during these tough times and have encouraged other students to support those who may be struggling.

- Patrick A, Ulladulla High School

More tips

  • Send an SMS. A quick "Hi, how's it going?" or "How was the exam?" lets a friend know you're thinking of them during the day.
  • Take study breaks together. Study requires sustenance so locking in a regular time to grab a bite together (physically or virutally) is a simple and convenient way to keep hanging out.
  • Make post-HSC plans. While there's a lot of unknowns, there's also a lot that you can plan for. Think about how you'll feel after the exams are over, and encourage your mates to tell you what they're looking forward to. Focus on those well-deserved celebratory plans. You're almost there!
  • Be proud of your resilience. This year has been crazier than most, so it's important to remind your friends just how resilient you've been. Looking back is just as important as looking forward to appreciate how far you've come.
  • Reach out for help. If the problem is bigger than you and your friend can handle, or you feel you can't support your friend on your own, reach out to a trusted adult, teacher, GP or seek urgent help. Please remember, you're not alone and there are free and qualified support services available 24/7 to help young people. These include the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

We're wishing all Year 12 students the best of luck for their final exams!

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