CENTRAL Victorian year 12 students should have a positive mindset going into their final exams after a year of remote learning, a Bendigo assistant principal says.
Year 12 students across the state will be completing their three-hour English exam on Tuesday morning.
Bendigo Senior Secondary College assistant principal Kylie Hand said most were ready to start after a year of on-and-off again remote learning.
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"Many of them are quite excited," she said. "They're happy the time is finally here to put all of their hard work to the test. But there are some that are feeling a sense of apprehension of what the exams will bring."
Some students have already completed Victorian Certificate of Education exams this year, with the performance and language oral exams starting in early October.
Mrs Hand said it didn't matter whether students were just starting their exam period or well advanced into it, the message was simple.
"It's important to focus on their strengths," she said. "Focus on what they do know and have done really well with the practice exams and in the lead up to exams.
"Doing that and going into exams with a positive mindset is so important."
Mrs Hand said other key tips were to have a good night's sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast before the exam.
"Throughout the entire exam period, we encourage students to continue to stay in contact with their teachers and their school," she said. "Take that opportunity to refine their skills prior to each exam.
"Teachers are their greatest support. They will help them right up to the moment of the exam. Students should access all of the opportunities available to them."
BSSC students will be spread out across more spaces on Tuesday morning to adhere to COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.
But Mrs Hand said there wouldn't be any temperature checks or other changes from a normal exam situation.
She said the students should be proud of themselves after a challenging and unique year.
"They should be focusing on exams as a way to demonstrate just how much they have been able to learn and how well they have gone this year," Mrs Hand said.
"It doesn't matter what the result is, we just want it to be something they can be proud of and say they have done their best."
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