HUNTER students are knuckling down with only four weeks to go until the Higher School Certificate written exams, saying most of the pressure to excel is coming from themselves.
The first exam in the marathon month will be English Paper 1 on the morning of Monday, October 13, while the last exams will be vocational education and training subjects entertainment industry and information and digital technology on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 5.
Macquarie College Wallsend students Charlotte Ross, 17, Hayden Robertson, 18, Connor Lynch, 17 and Natalie Ang, 18, will celebrate their last day of year 12 on Friday, before commencing three weeks of study preparation.
While Connor and Hayden said the reality of the impending tests had not quite hit them yet, Charlotte and Natalie said they were feeling excited to be on the home stretch.
‘‘I’m at the point now where I feel ready to accept whatever comes; I know I’ve done the best I can and can’t wait for it to be over,’’ Charlotte said.
The students say any pressure they feel to succeed hasn’t come from their teachers or families, but from their own high expectations of themselves.
‘‘I do have a competitive spirit,’’ Hayden said.
‘‘I have an ideal ATAR [Australian Tertiary Admission Rank] and want to give it the best I can.’’
All are feeling different levels of stress, but say being organised, taking regular breaks and ensuring they are eating, sleeping and exercising properly has been helpful.
They use study breaks to dance, play tennis, work out, play the piano and watch TV.