It's been quite some time since I've had to worry about exams but today that is exactly what thousands of Kiwi students are doing right now as the exam season gets under way.
More than 143,000 students are preparing for this year's NCEA and New Zealand scholarship examinations, held from today until December 4.
NCEA Level 1 English is this year's largest examination, with more than 46,000 candidates, and the smallest is New Zealand Scholarship Latin with 19 candidates.
The examination period includes 120 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examination sessions.
In my day, we weren't sitting NCEA, we were sitting School C, Sixth Form Cert and Bursary/University Entrant. Despite the differences, the goal was the same - to study and prepare for your exams, do well and pass.
Admittedly, I didn't do as well as I could have in my school exams and, if given the chance again, knowing what I know now, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have wasted so much time doing everything that wasn't school-related and would have been better focused when it mattered.
In today's The Daily Post, we have some studying tips for everyone sitting their exams over the next few weeks - take note and follow them, they'll keep you alert and energised.
Remember that studying doesn't only mean going over work you have done in the past year - it can also mean taking care of yourself.
Ensure you have good time management and eat well, sleep well and exercise - it will all help you with your studies in the long run.
And to all those more than 9400 Year 11, 12 and 13 students from the Bay of Plenty region tackling NCEA and NZ Scholarship exams over the next month - good luck.
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