Year 12s prepare for exams

Year 12 students are hitting the books to prepare for their final written exams which started last week.

EXAMS: Cleve Area School students Nathan Byrnes, Kristen Siviour, Alesha Hannemann, Madeline Phillips and Ethan Kwaterski are ready for their exams.

EXAMS: Cleve Area School students Nathan Byrnes, Kristen Siviour, Alesha Hannemann, Madeline Phillips and Ethan Kwaterski are ready for their exams.

More than 3000 regional South Australia students will sit at least one stage two exam.

Oral exams started on Tuesday last week while written exams will start on November 6 with biology.

Cleve Area School student Kristen Siviour will be among 4188 students undertaking the most popular exam in the state – general maths.

Kristen said she prepared for exams by doing extra work when studying.

“I just go through all the topics to revise and do extra questions for all of the topics,” she said.

Cleve Area School principal Ray Marino said it was important for students look after themselves when preparing for their exams.

“Make sure you have plenty of sleep and look after your health,” Mr Marino said.

“Whether it’s exams or assignments, do the work now, rather than the night before.

“It’s important that distractions are minimised, such as gaming, late nights, socialising, but there needs to be a balance.

“This is the time that students should be pulling back on their part-time work.”

Mr Marino likened preparing for exams to preparing for a football or netball match and students should focus their energy around exam preparation.

“You get out what you put in.”

He said the pressure on students to do well in exams was not as intense as it had been in the past.

“Back ten years ago, the exams weighed more in the final grade, whereas now the school based assignments make up most of the final grade,” Mr Marino said.

“However, they are still just as important.”

Kimba Area School has two year 12 students and a year 11 student taking stage two exams, while Cleve Area School has 11 and Cowell Area School has five sitting the exams.