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ImageExam time is just around the corner, or maybe even started for some, so we enlisted the help of our “Teen Voice”, Ashley to give you some tips, advice and peace of mind for getting through exam time- there is light at the end of the tunnel and life beyond the pile of resources on your desk!!

The dreaded word that every student hates hearing: exams. They can be very stressful and overwhelming. I would know, I just finished my own VCE exams a couple of days ago and I’m the biggest stress-head out there. But I did make it out alive and soon enough…you will too. Just try and stay focused and remember to BREATHE!


B – Be organised

  1. Know what needs to be done and be aware of how much time you have left. Time is of the essence – don’t waste it!
  2. Make a checklist of everything you have to do. This will help if you don’t know where to start studying.  Plus, when you get something done, enough the satisfaction of crossing that thing off your list. Admit it, it’s a good feeling.
  3. Get your notes sorted! It puts everything in the one place and makes everything easier when you study. Oh, and it makes you feel better for getting something done today!

R – Rest up

Tempting as it may be to cram the night before, it’s so much better to get a good night’s sleep. Your body and brain NEED sleep to function properly. You don’t want to be the kid falling asleep in the exam!

E – Eat healthy

Put the chocolate bar down! Stay away from any overly sugary foods in general! You don’t want to feel edgy or crashing during your exam! Go find some brain food. Be nice to your body and it will be nice to you.

A – Ask for help

Believe it or not, most teachers do want to help you achieve your best. They are usually more than willing to help you out. If approaching teachers doesn’t sound too appealing, ask your friends! They should be able help you out too (if they’ve been studying!)

T – Turn off any distractions

When you sit down to study, you don’t want your phone going off every 5 seconds because let’s face it – you won’t get anywhere. Turn your phone off, log out of Twitter and Facebook. Your friends will still be there when you get back! Plus, if you deactivate, you will feel so loved when you get all these “welcome back” and “I missed you” messages!

H – Have some time off

Don’t work too hard! Go by the 80/20 rule. 80% study and 20% break (and don’t be sneaky and study 20% and relax 80%!) You need enough time to relax so you don’t drown in the stress of exams.

E – Environment for work

Try and set up a good working environment that will help you actually sit down and focus. I found going to the library really helped me get in “the zone”. You need to be ready to sit down, focus and get some solid studying down.

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Check out this video of a recent CareersAndU Panel at De La Salle where nearly 200 Year 11 boys heard from Just BU role models about career journeys, stepping stones, life lessons and the message that “It’s OK 2 Just BU!”

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On 9 August 2012 a Just BU “CareersAndU” Panel shared their career   journeys, school experiences and advice with 180 Year 11 boys at De La Salle College  in Malvern, Melbourne.

Through the “live” panel format TV Presenter Glen Moriarty, The Sports Leadership Coach’s Richard Maloney and MiGoals founder, Adam Jelic spoke openly and realistically about their personal career choices, their successes and disappointments along the way as well as the importance of finding a mentor, embracing the failures and being open to stepping stones along your career path.

The students listened carefully to the stories, experiences and advice from the panelists and also had the opportunity to ask individual questions and meet with the panelists afterwards.

Just BU founder Lisa Donath says, “I started Just BU because I wish when I was at school someone would have told me that all of the pressures and stress that I felt at that time was normal. By bringing together “real and raw” role models from the areas of sport, celebrity, business and community we are able to share our personal stories- the good, the bad and the ugly- with teenagers, acting as a catalyst for further discussion with their teachers, parents, experts or their peers.”

About Just BU- 

Just BU is a proactive program that provides young people with access to real role models sharing real stories, experiences and life lessons.

Through our programs- “It’sOK2JustBU”, “CareersAndU” and “LeadershipAndU”  panellists from the fields of sport, entertainment, business and community  share their personal experiences whilst at school, their lives today and the choices they have made- the good, the bad and the ugly!!

For more information please visit www.justbu.com.au or LIKE us on FB Just BU Panels or Twitter @JustBU1

We were recently interviewed on SYN’s breakfast show to chat about Role Models– and it got us thinking…Image

What is a “good” role model?  What traits should we be looking for when considering who is a “good” or “positive” role model?

The dictionary definition of a role model is “a person whose behaviour, example, or success is or can be emulated by others.”

In today’s society many teens turn to celebrities, reality stars or sports people as their “role models”. There are many inspiring, motivational and “real” celebrities that provide teens with positive examples via their personal experiences- the ups and the downs!  Teens often “look up to” and aspire to emulate people who, in their minds possess traits or outcomes they wish to copy, are motivated by their achievements and endeavour to set their personal goals and traits around these benchmarks.

So what makes someone a worthy candidate whose “behaviour, example, or success is or can be emulated by others”?  Do we as a society place too much pressure and expectation on those in the public eye? Are we entitled to “judge” celebrities when their actions are outside the boundaries of what we, the public, consider to be positive and acceptable? Does it mean that if for whatever reason you become a “celebrity” or in the public eye that you are automatically expected to behave a certain way and become a “role model”- even if you don’t choose to “sign up” for that part of the job??

Finding a balance between what we see in the media and what happens in our own backyard could be the key. Teens may be unaware that positive, realistic and good “role models” can be as close to them as their parents, teachers, family friends or other adults that they come into contact with on a regular basis. Current research shows that teens actively learn and follow the actions of their parents and adults around them- both positive and negative- in regards to their future decisions, choices and actions.

As an adult we have a very important and unique ability to help influence the thoughts and ideas our children and teens have and it is through this that adults can decide to “lead by example” and ultimately provide their children with a healthy, positive and realistic view on today’s society and it’s influences.

Keeping the lines of communication open between adults and teens, sharing your views and opinions and the reasons behind them as well as listening to, valuing and exploring your teens views and opinions can help build trust, expectations and consequences- who knows, the best role models for our teens could be YOU!!

Just BU aims to provide teens with access to “real role models sharing real stories.”

Please visit www.justbu.com.au for more information

Just BU Top 10 Tips

People are always telling us what they think we should be, how we should act, who they’d like us to become. Having great role models and people around you that you can trust, listen to and learn from is so important but never forget that we are all unique and have our own personal and individual journeys to take. So get on this great journey we call LIFE and make sure you live it to the fullest, enjoying all that it offers you- the good, the bad and sometimes even the ugly!! Here are some tips to get you started but no matter what happens remember that “It’s OK 2 Just BU!”

For more information visit www.justbu.com.au

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