Advice for parents & carers, to support HSC students in the lead up to exams

Stress levels can start to creep up at the pointy end of the HSC year, so it’s important to provide support to students as they prepare for final exams.

Stress levels can start to creep up at the pointy end of the HSC year, so it’s important to provide support to students as they prepare for final exams.

Here are some tips for how parents, carers, and families can be a supportive shoulder for HSC students to lean on.

Be their source of respite

It’s nothing new that the HSC is a stressful time, and students are most likely feeling the pressure of completing their final HSC exams already. Help your HSC student clock-off mentally from study by allowing them to leave HSC exam prep in the study zone and just focus on chilling out and recharging when they are spending time with the family.

Have a different conversation

It’s easy for conversations to circle around HSC when exams are just around the corner.

So, change the topic to get their mind off study and exam checklists and just catch-up with each other.

Try having ‘no-HSC’ time each day, where HSC chat is off-limits for an hour each day.

How to have a great conversation (ReachOut)

Look out for signs of stress

Stress can present in all kinds of ways, so keep an eye out for how your HSC student may be handling stress.

Understand the signs of stress (ReachOut)

How to reduce stress (ReachOut)

Seeking urgent help

It’s just the beginning

We know the HSC is a long journey and it’s a big build up to final exams. It might seem like it right now, but HSC isn’t the ‘be-all and end-all’.

There are so many post-school options nowadays for students; the HSC is just the beginning!

Focus on how you can support your HSC student here and now and reassure them (and yourself!) that they will find their own pathway regardless of what happens in their exams.

After the HSC, there are many options

What happens after high school (ReachOut)

More resources

This article is adapted from resources originally published on ReachOut.com. ReachOut provides a safe, online place for young people (and their families) to chat anonymously, get support, and feel better.

For more ways to support your teen through study stress, check out the following resources for parents on ReachOut.com/Parents:

Exam stress and teenagers (ReachOut)

Support your teenager through exam stress (ReachOut)

5 ways to support exam study (ReachOut)

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

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