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My daughter will be sitting for HSC in October this year and there is so much pressure and stress placed on them by so much assessments exams assignments and homework my daughter is at her fits end she has been so upset and says she can not cope anymore and cries oh mum I have had enough I just keep reassuring her its not long to go now and you will be finished and then can concentrate on your life as there is life after the HSC I keep telling her


Posted by Mummy2760, 20th July 2014


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  • I did my HSC overseas in Mauritius where our syllabus comprises 2 years. Mum and dad used to make me go out any chance i had. I wasn’t allowed to stay home if i had been invited to a party. I know funny but make sure she focusses on more than just study. It was a relief being able to let loose.

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  • I sat my HSC years ago. I stressed and stressed over each and every exam, wondering if I’ld do good enough to get into uni. Only to be told I hadn’t completed enough subjects in year 12 to have even qualified! Would have been nice to be made aware of this before I got to exam stage

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  • So much is expected from the HSC.

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  • Lots of great tips mums. I will need to remember these when it’s my kids time!

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  • I think its an absolute crime, the amount of study and assessments just to get ready for more study and assessments! They are still kids, remember!

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  • yes the hype around hsc is so overrated, its a piece of paper the best its good for is keeping young people focused and on track, working to towards a goal that is completable. not for breaking young people down

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  • Even with access to all the technology these days, there’s still so much pressure on kids to do well at their studies. It’s not necessarily easier than it used to be years ago, just because there’s computers and other things. More competition for uni places or jobs, and so much pressure and stress for the kids. Try and make sure that your daughter also has a bit of “down” time, just for herself, to do something that she enjoys and finds relaxing. I’m sure she’ll do well.

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  • Many thanks for all your comments and support my daughter has just finished her 2 majors to submit to the Board of Studies and her mind seems more at ease now as she has her HSC trials on Monday and is now studying happily as I think that she thought she would not finish her 2 majors on time so its looking all good thanks again

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  • It’s a hard time but just remind her it will be over soon she has been preparing for it for so long, she is nearly at the end

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  • I agree, I went through this with my daughter last year. She just needs to be organised and prioritise her time. One assignment at a time. My daughter removed herself from Facebook too, just till exams were over (a great time waster). She just needs to do her best. Even if she doesn’t get the score she needs for Uni, there are always ways to get in to the course she wants in a round about way.

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  • You just have to keep telling her to do her best and your be happy with whatever her results will be.
    My son was great at school but when it come to exams he just crumbled and didnt do so well with year 12 but luckily got a very well paid job a few months after finishing year 12.

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  • I hope your daughter is coping a little better and wishing for you guys that the time passes quickly so that you can be free of the stress. I cannot imagine being a student in this day age completing hsc. I see the homework my son comes home with and honestly I’m dreading the time when this comes for me as well.

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  • I feel for you and her. It is a very tough year. My daughter finished last year and my second will be doing VCE next year. Its important to study hard but to have time off too. If she can plan a study routine and rewards like a movie or an outing for afternoon tea or shopping or with friends or just to exercise, etc she will feel like she is getting her work done but not so overwhelmed. She does need balance, support and an extra hug to get through it all. Good news is she is almost finished. Also there are lots of pathways etc to get where you want so that is worth investigating to take some pressure off. I wish her well.

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  • Oh tell her its not the grades she gets that really matter…unless she wants to be a doctor or vet. But if she just wants to study another degree average grades will usually do. Tell her having her HSC at all even with very average grades is worth more than not having it at all. Its very easy for teenagers to get caught up in what is going on in their lives right then and not be able to see the future. I remember the stress but it really is such a short time in your life. Hope she feels better soon. Good Luck.

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  • I feel so sorry for the young people of today with all the pressures.

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