A GROUP of committed HSC students went into lockdown on Tuesday night, taking up an offer of dedicated study time in the Bega library after hours.
For three hours on Tuesday night, 12 local students utilised the library’s resources, free Internet and the benefits of group study ahead of the HSC exams, which begin on Monday.
Those diligent students who made the distance were treated to free pizza and soft drink served a bit after 8pm by librarian Anne Moore.
The Bega library “HSC Lockdown” was based on a study model used successfully in other country and metropolitan areas where students plan for their exams as groups or individuals.
Praising the idea on Tuesday night were Bega High School students Josh Bennett and Catie Wheeler.
Catie appreciated the offer of library space so much she said she had been there since opening time at 9am – using her “study hat” to block vision of all else but the work in front of her.
“I’ve been staring at the same window for a week, so this made a nice change,” Catie said.
“It’s good, there are no distractions,” Josh added.
“I have a PlayStation downstairs at home – quite a nice setup – this [the lockdown] helps me keep on track.”
Both Catie and Josh, along with Year 12 students right around the state, will sit for their English exams early next week.
Catie follows that up with Legal Studies before both tackle Mathematics on Friday.
Both are looking forward to putting the exams and the end of secondary schooling behind them, but not before the BHS Year 12 formal in mid-November.
The pressures on HSC students are well publicised, but both Catie and Josh took a philosophical approach to their end-of-schooling exams.
“I’m planning on going to CIT [Canberra Institute of Technology] so I don’t need an ATAR,” Catie said.
“I just need to pass everything.
“I’m more worried about my friend who wants to be a doctor and needs really high marks in everything.”
After an “amazing experience” on work placement at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra, Catie plans on becoming a zookeeper.
On the other hand, Josh is aiming towards a career as a history teacher and has applied to ANU and Sydney University among others.
“I’m hoping for an ATAR of 70 to 80. It makes it a little more daunting if you are aiming at something in particular,” he said.
Ms Moore said she was pleased with the response to the lockdown.
“I know myself that it’s hard to always set aside time for studying without distractions,” Ms Moore said.