With the HSC exams soon approaching, and the Year 12 students very much focussed and fine-tuning their preparations to do their best, it is timely to outline some of the specific challenges this group faces, and provide some tips on how they can reach their potential. Dr Philip Tam, Knox Researcher in Residence, shares his tips.
Dr Philip Tam, Psychiatrist and Knox Researcher in Residence
All the students at this point are now, of course, young adults and should be able to demonstrate responsibility, self-reflective skills, and honesty in how they are performing and what things might be holding them back.
"Make sure you have a structured study plan, set reasonable goals and targets for each day, and do reward yourself with some non-study activities throughout the day – preferably outdoor exercise, rather than an online activity."
"We know from research that, even if devices are not being actively used, a small amount of the brain’s capacity is being ‘used up’ in thinking about them, even if this is unconscious."