Advice from a uni student: how to get through Year 12

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Murdoch student Stephanie shares her tips and tricks getting through Year 12 and your options when applying to uni.

Between exams, assignments and applying to university, Year 12 is understandably a stressful time. Knowing how to manage your stress and find a balance between study and everything else can make a big difference to your last year in school, so here are some tips on how to get through Year 12.

Managing stress

People can feel stress in different ways. You might feel like you have no energy or can’t concentrate, are frequently feel irritated, or notice changes in your mood or personality. To manage this, you could try meditation, giving yourself realistic goals, or spending time with people you enjoy being around.  It’s important to find what works best for you, as everyone is different.

For me, I make sure to find some time every day – usually at the end of the day – to relax and listen to some music, or watch some Netflix with my family.

Finding a balance

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed. Finding a balance between managing school, home, and a social life will help you to manage feelings of stress. Start by planning your weekly tasks for each class (this could be homework or assignments) and putting the time aside needed to complete them. Remember – it’s okay to give yourself more time than you think you need.

It can be easy to want to shut off all other parts of your life and just focus on study, so it’s important to chat to a close friend or trusted teacher if you need advice or help keeping on top of everything so you don’t isolate yourself from others.

For me, I try to plan activities outside of my study times to break up routine, like catching up with friends and making sure I have time for myself to do something that I enjoy, like reading a good book.

Applying to uni

For me and some of my friends, applying to uni seemed like one of the scariest parts of Year 12 – but it isn’t as scary as you might think. Whether you’re applying through the Year 12 Early Offer Program, TISC, or aren't completing ATAR, there's more than one way to apply for your dream course. 

I studied four ATAR subjects at school and submitted my preferences through TISC. All up, you have six preferences to list, so make sure to put your passion or dream course as number one. It’s important to ask your school or chat with university admission teams if you have any questions about the application process and courses you are interested in.

If you didn’t study ATAR or you didn’t get the score you are hoping for, that’s okay! There are still other ways to get into university.

If you find that you’re unsure about your course once you start studying at uni, there is flexibility to change – it’s as simple as chatting with a Student Advisor.

Year 12 can feel stressful, but it can also be an exciting and memorable time in your life. You’re moving into a new chapter, where you can meet new people and learn new things.

If you’re still in doubt about getting through Year 12 and applying to uni, explore more about your application options online, or chat to someone about what to do
Posted on:

25 May 2021

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