ONE DOWN: Sam Barnier, Emilia Blanch and Matt Ryan have a chat after walking out of their first HSC exam. Photo: Adam Hourigan
ONE DOWN: Sam Barnier, Emilia Blanch and Matt Ryan have a chat after walking out of their first HSC exam. Photo: Adam Hourigan

The heat is definitely on – for Year 12

BRAINS are in overdrive across the Clarence Valley as Year 12 students begin their Higher School Certificate exams.

Sam Barnier was among the many at Grafton High School to sit his first English exam yesterday.

Nerves weren't an issue for Sam, but he could not deny the relief he felt walking out those double doors after more than two hours of gruelling testing.

"I thought I went pretty well," he said.

"I got words on every page which is a good sign."

While Sam admitted to being a crammer - studying the majority of his notes the night before - Matt Ryan took the more prepared approach.

"I start about a week and a half before," Matt said.

"But you've got to mix it up: do a couple of hours, stop and watch a movie or something, then get back into it.

"Don't just try to study everything all at once."

Fellow Year 12 student Emilia Blanch said she was most nervous about her Personal Development and Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) exam coming up in the next couple of weeks.

"It's just got so much content to learn," she said.

Students across New South Wales will sit their final exam no later than November 8.



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