REMEMBER to breathe - this is one piece of advice from Catholic College Bendigo director of learning and teaching John Geary to students sitting VCE exams.
About 1644 students across Greater Bendigo will sit at least one VCE exam in the coming weeks, with approximately 725 school leavers beginning their campaign with English on Wednesday.
To some the future hangs on the results of their final exams, while for others this is not the case.
"We certainly emphasis to our students that (it's not the end of the world) if they don't do as well as expected," Mr Geary said.
"And students shouldn't read too much into how they think they went in each exam.
"Plenty of students don't think they went well and then when they get there results they are surprised."
Mr Geary said students who have concerns about exams should seek advice from their year 12 co-ordinator or school wellbeing team.
He said other things to keep in mind include getting a good night's rest beforehand, drinking plenty of water and wearing comfortable clothing.
Once the exams start Mr Geary said students should take their time reading the question and highlight key terms.
"If students don't understand the question they should take a little bit of time, breath deeply and read it again," he said.
The VCE exam period runs until November 21.
Results will be released on December 16.