The main issue when transitioning from year 10 to years 11 and 12 is undoubtedly the overwhelming pressure that comes with completing not only your WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education) but your ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as well.
The stress that comes from this pressure can lead students in the senior years feeling overcome with dread for the last years of their schooling.
Stress can build throughout the year as students begin to face harder work and greater demands from the teachers.
The stress comes to an all-time high when facing the imminent end of year exams. I’ve found that the stress of these harder years was easily overcome by undertaking simple actions.
One: Be prepared. Nothing is more stressful than the night before a test when you haven’t studied the topic at all or the night before the due date of an assessment that you haven’t started. So being prepared can help a lot in reducing the stress of a task. This advice is one that many students don’t like hearing because it requires them to do work. Complete task on time and well before the due date, study the weeks before a test, not the night before and keep up on homework that teachers have assigned. Doing this will help a lot in the long run.
Two: Don’t overwork yourself. Now I’m not saying that this is an excuse to do absolutely no study at all, you still must study, but studying 24/7 isn’t helpful either. Studying all day and night can lead to further stress and not to mention many health issues as well (fatigue, aching muscles from sitting, headaches etc). Its good every once in a while, to actually go outside, read a book (that isn’t assigned) and hang out with friends and family. This can improve your mood and make you more motivated to continue working once you’ve had a break.
Applying those actions can help a lot with stress, however, each student is unique and will cope differently. Some students may stress more if they take breaks from study, others may find that eating while studying helps or some reduce stress by dropping any unnecessary subjects. For myself, I just told myself not to stress, that there was no need to and it worked. So, to any student reading this, good luck.