12 December, 2014, By web team IN Hot topics
Maybe you have experienced this before or perhaps you think it won't ever happen to you. The fact is, online bullying, or just plain old unwanted attention on social media is prevalent among young people these days. But how would you actually deal with it if you or a friend was facing such a thing? Should you act? What course of action is best? We asked 6 young people from Mosman how they would deal with this if it happened to them.
Here's what they had to say:READMORE
26 November, 2014, By web team IN Hot topics
How do you recover from a bad grade? A question that many of you will have faced, possibly even quite recently due to end of year exams! We asked 6 young people from Mosman how they deal with this (sometimes confronting) dilemma that everyone faces at least once in their life.
Here's what they had to say:
It’s one thing to receive a bad mark when you simply haven’t studied enough - you sit there as the teacher hands the papers back, either grinning from ear to ear or dreading the inevitable depending on what type of person you are - but to have the culmination of weeks or months of late nights, determination and stress be treated with such disdain as to award you less than a great mark: the injustice! Fortunately, it’s not the end of the world. A bit of you-time never hurt anyone, so don’t be afraid to whip out some ice cream and crappy T.V. But don’t wallow too much in your sadness - in the long run, it’s important to remember that the exams you do at school (or indeed university) don’t define you as a person, and certainly don’t necessarily reflect your intelligence or positive personal attributes! The formulaic exams that they serve up in high school can’t test your creativity in any meaningful way, your quality of character or so many facets of intelligence that are applicable in real-life situations.
Of course, I am usually quite upset at first. I’m someone who takes these things to heart, but it’s important to acknowledge the fact that sometimes our marks aren’t a good reflection of our efforts. I put it aside for at least a day and then I go and approach my teacher to find out why I received the mark that I did, and how I could improve on it in the future. Sometimes, with tasks like essays, I like to re-do the essay and hand it in to be re-marked. Even though the mark won’t go towards my report, I feel like I have actively worked to improve the quality of my work. Regarding exam or test results, I am usually more accepting of my mark because I adopt the approach that ‘it was the best I could do in the specified time limit.’
It may take a while but the first step is always realising that it’s not the end of the world. Everyone has been there before and there’s no need to despair. Next I find that you’re due a little bit of down time, relax and just let your mind think about other things, my favourite was to walk down the road and have a golden gaytime before heading to the pool for a swim. Finally you then need to set your sights on improvement for next time. If your mark was disappointing, you obviously were somewhat invested in how you went. Therefore, for next time you have to plan and prepare to make sure that you learn from your mistakes and absolutely smash the next assessment/assignment/test that comes your way.
Although it’s always disappointing to get a bad mark (and it happens to everybody!), ways to overcome that disappointment have to be found. These ways will vary from person to person depending on context, but all generally follow along a similar vein. First, remind yourself that this one particular mark will not dictate your future- no matter how poorly you feel you’ve done and how confused or disappointed you are, it is not the end of the world. Second, do something about it! There is no better way to feel like you’re back on track than to figure out what you did wrong and learn from it. I know it’s tempting to rip up the paper and never look at it again, but though learning from the mistakes is less cathartic in the short term, it is a better long-term strategy. Finally, when you’ve done everything you can about the mark, put it behind you. Go out with friends, eat some good food and remember that there is so much more to life than your marks!
It took time but I got to a point where I realised that marks aren’t everything and at the end of the day it’s just a number. Exams and assignments are a form of learning, not just a method of assessment. What’s more important is getting support from teachers and learning how to improve. As long as you don’t start the conversation by saying ‘I want a remark because I deserve more marks’, teachers are usually only too happy to give you some helpful hints and tips.
Age: 17 (For those doing HSC)
It’s inevitable. During your HSC, you will come across one assessment result that seems to haunt you throughout the year, lowering your overall rank. How will you possibly recover from this one meagre mark?
Well it’s definitely not the end of the world.
Everyone (and no, this is not an exaggeration, I literally mean everyone sitting the HSC) will face at least one mark they’re not happy with, and although it may impact your rank, its impact is minimal. There are 3 stats that I’d like you to consider:
- If you didn’t do as well as you wanted in your last exam, remember that’s just one subject. If it’s 2 units of your HSC, that’s only 20% of your overall ATAR in terms of subject composition. This will very minimally impact on your total overall score of ATAR
- Also, take note that this exam is only ONE EXAM that weighs 10-25% of your internal marks, which is a relatively small percentage! I remember personally that I did quite badly in one physics exam earlier this year (scored in the 50s, so I managed to just pass), and I was ranked in the bottom 10 of my cohort. I thought I’d never be able to improve in the subject and I thought that my ATAR would be horrible. However, this was not the case (as I will go on to explain below!)
- Remember, internal exams only weigh 50%! This means that even if you don’t do as well as you wanted to in all of your internal exams, there is still one external test at the end of the HSC which can beneficially impact on your ATAR! So there’s definitely hope and reason to improve.
So how do you improve from a bad internal mark? Well these are the steps I took after I got my physics mark back:
- Analyse your test: See if there are any common errors and note them, so that you can eliminate those as potential errors in the next test
- Speak with your teacher: Ask them how to improve and prepare more adequately for the next examination
- Draft responses to practice questions with your teacher: I had drafted my physics teacher my notes, and had requested feedback on several different types of questions so I was ready for the half yearly exam
As a result of all of this, I scored 91% in my next exam and improved my ranking from the bottom 10 to the top 10. I know this sounds easier than it actually is, but with continual applied effort you’ll be able to make it there, as I had!
Best of luck for the year ahead, and remember that ATAR is only a number and there are so many other ways of getting into uni!READMORE
27 June, 2014, By web team IN Hot topics
Check out the video Headspace produced to tackle the hot topic of bullying! It features Headspace ambassadors, including Ruby Rose, Dylan Lewis, James Mason and many more! If you want to read an awesome blog piece on bullying by Headspace click here.READMORE