Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Setting a schedule is vitally important. Students need to schedule everything from sleeping and eating, to studying and exercising. It is one of the best ways to manage inevitable exam stress. Students need to look after themselves when they have big demands in their life.
When it comes to productive study, sometimes less is often more. It is recommended that students hit the books in 50-minute stints, broken up by 15-minute breaks. This gives the brain, and body, a rest. Adolescents will often underestimate the amount of sleep they need. Getting enough sleep is key to successful study practices.
Research shows that physical activity also has a very positive impact on mental wellbeing. Eating well is another crucial factor to maintaining concentration and staying focussed on the task ahead.
Michael sits on the Board of many organisations including the National Centre Against Bullying. In 1985 he founded CanTeen, a cancer support group for teenagers. He is the resident psychologist on Channel 7’s Sunrise and has worked as an academic, researcher and political lobbyist. Michael has written several bestselling books on parenting including ‘Surviving Year 12’.
First row (left to right): Dr Tim Hawkes - Former Headmaster, The King's School; Elida Brereton - Former Principal, Camberwell High School; John Moore - Head of Senior School, St Leonard’s College.
Second row (left to right): Sue Cahill - Student Wellbeing Leader, St Charles Borromeo Primary School; Philip Grutzner - Principal, Carey Baptist Grammar School; Pat Kenny - Head of Junior School, St Leonard’s College.
Students today have very busy schedules all-year round but especially during exam time. School is very different today for the current generation. The digital revolution has changed the way kids learn and study with information available at their finger tips 24 hours a day. It is important for parents to understand this and support their kids to help reduce stress levels.