How To Transition Into Year 12

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in HSC Anxiety and Stress |

Imagine you have spent the last five years in high school doing all the things that students do. There’s not much stress involved. You study hard, complete all assignments, get good grades, make friends and generally enjoy your time as you acquire more knowledge. Then suddenly you’re in year 12 and everything changes.

It’s amazing just how big the jump from year 11 to year 12 really is. All of a sudden everything is harder. You have to study for hours every night after gruelling days at school. You don’t have time to play with your friends anymore because they’re also studying and everyone is feeling the huge levels of stress.

If you’re planning to go to university, you know you’ll need top grades so that’s additional stress that you subconsciously put on yourself. If you want to be a doctor, a lawyer or some other type of professional, you need straight As in all subjects.

So the question remains…how do you get stress relief from all this mounting pressure that faces you right at the start of the year? It’s essential that you don’t put too much pressure on yourself. The key to starting year 12 is planning. Ask people you know who have done year their HSC how they coped and use their stress relief methods to help you survive.

Be organised before the new school year even starts. Make sure you have all your books. Get a large diary so you can take notes and mark off all important dates and times so you don’t overlook anything during what will certainly be a very busy year.

Before the year starts, it’s also very important to have a rest. Lots of students spend too much time worrying and stressing and they don’t actually have a break during the long period between finishing year 11 and starting year 12. So a holiday is essential to your mental wellbeing.

If you didn’t do well in year 11, you may be considering not even doing year 12. If you faced undue stress during year 11, you may not wish to undergo the enormous amount of stress your sure to face in HSC. This is enough to create high anxiety levels and make you consider repeating year 11 if you wish to get better grades, going to a TAFE or going out and finding yourself a job so you don’t have to face the stress of HSC at all.

Studies reveal that you’re more likely to get a job if you have passed year 12 but sometimes a traineeship or apprenticeship is the better path for you. Of course the choice is yours and your parents probably have opinions also and that can influence you one way or the other.

So you have to weigh up all the pros and cons and then make the big decision. Face year 12 or not. The ball is in your court.