Yes! You can do it…How to Get Through Year 12
It’s no secret that your last year of high school comes with a lot of pressure and hard work. Instead of letting stress get the best of you, though, follow these six tips. They’ll help you get through your final year of school. You might even enjoy yourself while getting your VCE!
Follow a Smart Study Schedule
You have to study to do well in school, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend long hours with your nose in a book. Instead of studying harder, take a smart approach that will help you use your time well. Start by following these tips:
- Space out your study sessions instead of trying to cram
- Study multiple subjects during each session instead of devoting yourself to one class
- Test yourself to make sure you understand the material
- Take breaks so your brain can recover
Make Time for Exercise
Studying is important, but you also need plenty of exercise during your final year. Medical research shows that exercise plays a key role in:
- Lowering stress
- Preventing anxiety
- Improving your self-esteem
Exercise even increases blood flow to your brain, which will boost your mental clarity and memory. It’s a great way to have a break from studying, get the blood pumping and refresh yourself – making it a great addition to your study regimen.
According to the professionals, you should get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. If you think it’s impossible to find a 30-minute chunk of free time, you can break your exercise up throughout the day. A 15-minute jog in the morning and a 15-minute yoga session at night will give you similar benefits. Of course, you can choose any activities or sports you enjoy – the more fun the better!
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep can start to feel like a luxury when you have a busy life. No matter how much you have going on, you still need to get plenty of sleep. Experts tell us teens and young adults should get between seven and 10 hours of sleep per night.
Don’t think of sleep as lost time. If you don’t get enough, your brain and body won’t function efficiently during the day. By getting the right amount of sleep, you improve your chances of success. So put down the Xbox controller, turn off your iPhone (or at least put it on silent!) and get some proper zzz’s.
Ask for Help When You Need It
Everyone needs help from time to time. When your life starts to feel overwhelming, turn to a trusted family member of friend for advice. A lot of times, you’ll find that talking helps you sort through problems and take a healthier approach to changes in your life. If things get too much or you can’t talk to someone close to you, headspace and ReachOut offer great free advice and services.
Socialise and Have Fun!
You only get one final year of high school, so spend time doing the things you love with your friends and family. Having fun reduces stress and helps you relax. When you go back to studying, your brain will have the energy it needs to learn. Besides, years from now, you’ll happily remember the time you spent enjoying your loved ones. You won’t recall extra hours at the library with such fondness.
Fuel Your Brain
We’ve all heard how we should avoid junk food and excess sugar to look after our bodies, but did you know eating healthily will improve the way your brain works also? Grabbing a burger and fries might seem like treating yourself during a stressful study period, but it’s not going to do your study any favours.
Look for foods rich known to boost brain function and provide sustained energy – think leafy and colourful vegetables, wholegrains and protein such as eggs, lean meat, fish or tofu. Rather than grabbing a bag of chips or a chocolate bar, try snacking on natural, unsalted nuts. Drink caffeinated drinks such as coffee or energy drinks in moderation, try some of the delicious herbal teas available or stick to good old *free* water instead.
Keep Things in Perspective
Your ATAR scores are important, but they aren’t everything. Many people find their dream careers without going directly to uni. Some don’t even attend uni at all. Keep this in mind the next time you feel really stressed. It’s possible that going to uni isn’t even the right choice for you.
Why don’t you come and see for yourself?
No matter what obstacles you encounter during your last year of school, you will get through it! Just remember to prioritise your time, make healthy decisions and have a good time.