A balance at exam time

Students who study any subject within the PDHPE Key Learning Area know about the importance of balance. This can be easily applied to the preparation that goes into sitting any exam for students. Below are some simple strategies for students to adopt before, during and after exam time.


  • Develop a realistic study timetable
  • Using a variety of study techniques
  • Colour code your syllabus and notes
  • Revise individually or in groups
  • Understand the differences between the NESA Glossary of Key Words
  • Use Glossary of Key Words scaffolds
  • Use writing structures to help guide your responses
  • Practice answering examination questions
  • Answer questions under examination conditions
  • Seek feedback from teachers and peers. 


  • Ensure you have the right date and time
  • Take black pens into the examination
  • Get plenty of rest the night before
  • Have a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of water
  • Be aware of clocks or wear a watch
  • Practice some relaxation and stress management techniques
  • Check you have the whole examination in front of you
  • Use your reading time wisely
  • Plan your time and take your time
  • Start developing answers in your head while reading
  • Answer every question
  • Instead of putting a cross through possible incorrect work, put it in brackets
  • Write your school centre and student number on every page
  • Label all questions carefully
  • Try your absolute best. 


  • Seek support from your peers
  • Ask for additional support from your class teacher
  • Get plenty of feedback from your class teacher and/or other teachers
  • Discuss with your family your goals, hopes and intentions for your exams
  • Revise with your peers
  • Use additional materials to further support your skills
  • Seek support from Year/Stage/Pastoral/Welfare/House Coordinators
  • Research support through organisations such as ReachOut, Beyond Blue
  • Go to the NESA website for documents pertaining to the syllabus, performance descriptors, past papers, marking criteria, answers, notes from the marking centre and sample answers. 

    (Adapted from the ACHPER NSW, HSC CAFS Enrichment Day, 2017) 


    ACHPER NSW wishes all students the very best in their upcoming examinations. You can check out our PDHPE and CAFS webinars available on our website to further support your preparation.

    Yours in health and wellbeing,

    Kelly Bell
    Nagle College, Blacktown South
    President of ACHPER NSW

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