If your child is studying for the HSC, you're probably feeling the stress too. Many parents want to help but don't want to interfere.
As well as pre-exam tension, there are other common factors that can make life seem even more challenging for the whole family.
Year 12 is often the year when students:
- lose interest in school
- develop an intense relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend
- get their driver's licence
- experiment with legal or illegal drugs
- have a part-time job
- develop an eating disorder
- suffer from depression.
If any of these concerns sounds familiar, don't despair. You're not alone - and this won't last forever.
Find out more about surviving the HSC on the School A to Z website.
Video: Teachers talk about how parents can help their teen manage the study load and stress when they're preparing for the HSC.