Monday, December 12, 2011

Preparing for Semester Exams

Semester exams are quickly approaching and students are scrambling to make sure they end up with the grade they desire. Santa doesn’t do semester exams, so preparation and hard work are necessary. Of course the real answer is to learn the material as the year progressed so studying is just a review. It is similar to saying don’t wait until your child is about to start college to start saving.

When the preparation hasn’t been done, a student must still have a plan. It is never too early to start studying for the exams. Just a little time each night reviewing notes and textbooks can pay huge dividends, especially with exams only a week away. As the exams draw even closer, nearly all teachers will pass out study guide for the test. These study guides should be completed (not copied) and in doing so the material is refreshed in the mind of the student. Once the study guide is complete a little studying and quizzing from someone else can pay off. If you want to really surprise your parents, ask them to help you study. After you pick them up from the ground (because they passed out from the shock) they will be more than happy to help you study.

It is important to make sure and plan ahead depending on your exam schedule. Depending on your academic schedule your really hard exams may be spread out, or could end up on one day. This is an important consideration when budgeting your study time. This is an excellent skill to learn for college bound students because amount of time studying generally equates to grade earned.

We hope our students have prepared themselves for what is to come and the good news is that it is never too late to try. As long as the paper hasn’t been turned into the teacher there is still time to study, and maybe a say a little prayer.

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