THERE are only five weeks to go until the Higher School Certificate exams start, but for these students the excitement of finishing school is higher on the agenda.
The stress of the HSC is not what it used to be, according to the students, who say support from teachers and the availability of credible research tools online have made the exams, a breeze.
Orange High School student Lachlan Jensen said if he had a study problem he could not solve he simply Googled it to find the answer.
“The teaching staff have been really good too, they’re always there to support you,” he said.
Lachlan’s classmate Amanda Clothier said in previous years parents may have put more pressure on students to do well in the HSC, but with so many options available to get into university, they now understand the HSC is not the be all and end all.
“I’m not that stressed, but I think I need to pull my finger out a bit,” she said.
James Sheahan Catholic High School year 12 student Harry Taberner said the trial HSC exams also helped relieve the pressure for students, because they knew what they could expect.
He said he was excited to be finishing school in less than two weeks and had a few parties planned.
Canobolas Rural Technology High School student Sam Bennett put the lack of stress down to supportive teachers and family.
“Obviously it is a big thing in your life, but it is not worth stressing about,” she said.
The first HSC exams start October 14.