Balancing Commitments

School is more than books and assignments.

It is important to maintain balance. Balancing commitments is especially important to senior high school students. Being able to balance your school commitments with social, recreational and family life is important for a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Key ways for students to achieve this balance include: having a set of priorities and goals; being as positive as you can; having support networks of people you can talk things over with; and being prepared to tackle problems early and work out ways to manage them. There is no perfect way of 'doing the HSC'. Each student needs to be supported to find their own way of managing their lives at this stage. If things are not going well at school or there are other pressures it is useful to know that there are other pathways to the HSC.

Remember that while you are at school and studying you are gaining life experience as well as building and making a positive contribution to your future life.

Things to remember

  • Time management

Planning your time will allow you to study as well as take time off to watch TV, go out with friends and have extra curricular activities such as music and clubs etc.

  • Planning and discipline

Select a time for study when you concentrate the best and develop a habit of studying at this time. Some students prefer the early morning, others the afternoon or night. Try to make this study time when there are fewer distractions around you.

  • Keeping fit

Exercise and keeping fit are some things that many students worry about as it is time consuming - but don't put this off because of a lack of time. A fit and healthy lifestyle helps you feel more positive and have more energy.  It also helps concentration. Play a sport, get outside for fresh air and exercise and try to do this on a regular basis. Even 10 minutes of fitness activity each day has benefits. And don't forget, relaxation exercises are also helpful. (your school counsellor could give you more information on these)

  • Manage your stress

It's the rule rather than the exception for student to feel nervous before exams.  This is not necessarily a bad thing.  Aim to keep your routines as normal as possible during exam periods.  On the day before an exam, stick to your revision plan.  On the night before, have an early night, so that you give yourself the opportunity to get plenty of sleep and wake up alert.

  • Learn to say no

Your friends want to go out on Wednesday but you're committed to studying for that Economics exam? Or you're not allowed to go out on weeknights so you get the weekend free? Then, say no. It's the only way your plans for the rest of the week will stay in place.


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