Natasha Baxter, 18, of Grafton High, talks about her experiences leading up to the HSC exams.
Natasha Baxter, 18, of Grafton High, talks about her experiences leading up to the HSC exams. Adam Hourigan

HSC advice: cut back on Facebook

IN her preparation for the Higher School Certificate, Natasha Baxter was urged by her year adviser to do three things.

"Ms Trstenjak said to make sure we eat well, stay fit and sleep, so I'm trying to do all of that in the lead-up to the HSC," she said.

"My mum is taking care of the eating well part, and I guess the rest is up to me.

"Although, mum keeps asking me if I have written that essay or studied for that subject, which is helpful."

Making a study plan was the start of the Grafton High School student's preparation.

Now, however, sticking to it without distraction is the hard part.

"Facebook is proving to be a distraction, so I'm getting one of my friends to change my password next week," she said.

"All of my friends want really high marks, so the support is really good.

"I just want to go as well as I can to open up as many doors as possible," Natasha said.

Approaching the exam period with as little stress as possible is what she is aiming for.

"I think you have to remember that there are tens of thousands of other students going through exactly the same thing and I think that helps with stress.

"I think because I'm not aiming for a certain ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) either, I'm not that stressed."

Next year, Natasha will head to the UK for a gap year, which she will spend working in a school.



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