Starting year 12 is a big milestone for students and families alike. We asked Port Augusta Secondary School's SACE Coordinator Sandy Glamuzina for her top tips for students entering their final year.
1. Look after yourself
Monitor your wellbeing and be sure to talk to someone if you get overwhelmed. Year 12 is a bumpy ride so make sure you have someone to talk to when things get tough, and don’t forget to celebrate your achievements. Keeping balance in your life is important this year so schedule some down time along with your study time.
2. Ask for help
Your teachers want you to achieve to your fullest potential, so they will work with you when you need help. Make sure that you don’t leave things until the last minute and you are polite and respectful of your teacher’s time. Just because you have a deadline looming you cannot expect them to respond to email requests at all hours.
3. Manage your time
This is one of the biggest factors to student success. If you manage your time well and don’t let your workload snowball you have the best chance of being successful. If you do find that you are getting behind, make sure that you talk to your teachers and schedule a time with your wellbeing coordinator, or a relevant person, to help you map out a pathway to get back on track.
4. Don’t over commit
Keep track of your commitments and make sure that you are not trying to take too much on. Part time jobs, sporting commitments, family obligations and other factors can all demand your time and energy, so it is important to prioritise and maybe cut back on some of the things that aren’t quite as important.
There is a lot of pressure on year 12 students these days so stay true to yourself and remember that there are lots of different ways to get to where you want to go. Investigate your options and seek advice on the best way to get there. Remember it’s okay not to know exactly what you want to do when you leave school, because you will find lots of adults still aren’t sure!
Good luck to the class of 2021!