It is that time of year again! What time? Time for students to start preparing for their end-of-year FINAL EXAMS. Darien High School exams begin Wednesday June 9th and will continue with two exams each weekday with an additional make-up day on Wednesday, June 15th. We have helpful organizational and study tips to promote more efficient and effective use of a student’s study time. By following the suggested steps below, students can not only reduce the stress of studying for their finals, but also be better prepared to tackle their exams with confidence and adequate preparation. The following steps explain how students can avoid that “last-minute cram” by being better organized and having a practical and effective study plan.
- The most important thing to do is to ASK your teachers in the next few weeks what will be covered on the exam. Will the exam cover both semesters, or just quarters 3 and 4? Find all the NOTES you took in and outside of class. If you outlined each chapter and filled in with class notes (Cornell/SQ3R format is the best) you are already organized. IMPORTANT: Make sure you find out if the test is CUMULATIVE (the entire term) or just partial (only the most recent quarter).
- Gather all the OTHER MATERIALS you have that relate to the topic you are going to be tested on:
- HOMEWORK/LAB NOTES, etc.
- ALL PAST QUIZZES/TESTS
Arrange these materials, together with your notes and outlines BY DATE.
- Now that you have some idea where to start, begin REVIEWING AT LEAST 10-14 DAYS BEFORE YOUR EXAMS. Go back to the first chapter to be tested and look over the vocabulary and the review questions at the end of each unit. Make FLASH CARDS for vocabulary you have forgotten, and make outlines for the questions you were not able to answer without looking back.
- REPEAT the previous step for all material being tested in each class. We know it sounds like a terrific amount of work, but that is why you are starting EARLY to avoid last-minute cramming Use a calendar and create a daily ACTION PLAN to plot out all your individual study times over a seven-ten day study period.
- FORM A STUDY GROUP. Technical subjects that require a large amount of memorization and tedious outlining are often best studied in a small group in which each student responsible for providing the group with specific outlines and review questions. Group members can then quiz each other and provide support during a stressful time.
- Be sure to ask your teachers about the FORMAT of the test. Will it be primarily essay (long or short), multiple choice or a combination?
- Ask your TEACHERS for extra help. Go early to school or use your study hall or lunch periods to seek out help with reviewing your subjects. Take advantage of every REVIEW CLASS that is offered.
- SYLVAN can also provide extra help when preparing for your exams. Our English, math, history, science and Spanish teachers are here to provide support and to answer your study questions or concerns.
By following the above steps, we are confident that students will be better prepared their exams his year. Be sure to give us a call if you want to schedule additional exam prep classes for your child. Good luck!!