The Do’s and Dont’s of Finals

Words: Melinda Gwanzura

As the 2015-2016 school year comes to an end Centennial High School students are beginning to prepare to take their final exams. Here are some study tips to avoid stress and get the grade.

Don’t Cram

Trying to study for an exam the day before may be one of the worst decisions any student can make. Especially if they need a certain score on the exam in order to receive a specific overall grade in the class for the year. The method not only stresses out test takers but enhances your chances of performing poorly on the exam, as we all know.

Do Take Breaks

Instead of cramming, students should try breaking down study time into reasonable time increments. Such as, studying for 30-50 minutes with 5-10 minute breaks in between. This idea is a much more efficient way of retaining information according to the Pomodoro Technique.

Don’t Be Afraid

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Not asking for help or asking questions in class may be one of the top reasons students find themselves stressed when it’s time to review material for their exams. Realizing that your teachers don’t expect you to remember everything from third quarter to now may be the best way to look at things. So, when they have those review sessions don’t be shy, just ask. Get involved and engage yourself. This will not only leave a good impression of yourself on the teacher but will definitely decrease the amount of material you’ll need to study.

Do Eat Health

Keep your workspace organized to reduce stress. Eat a healthy breakfast and remember to put yourself first. Finals will eventually come to an end. Try to stay focused and take care of yourself.

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