Studying Tips For Semester One Finals: 2020-2021

Alex Stahl, Reporter

Finals exams at Arrowhead High School begin on January 13th and end on January 15th. Finals are an hour long each and students take up to three finals a day over the course of three days. 

Students have started to take studying into their own hands to make sure that they are extra prepared. 

But what are the best studying tips students should use? 

Since each student has a different way of studying, students have different tips. 

Chloe Simonson, a junior at Arrowhead said, “My best advice is to review old tests and quizzes and also by completing extra practice given by teachers.” 

Simonson said, “I’m feeling super nervous because this year has been so different and challenging especially adjusting to being quarantined and learning challenges that have come up because of the difference of being home vs at school. Also junior year is the most challenging so I am nervous all my grades will drop due to this. Finals are stressful for most students during an already stressful school year.”

With a pandemic, students are trying their best to stay safe, healthy, and focused. Students are trying to make the most of it by making sure they are prepared for the finals to come.

Kailey Wille, a junior at Arrowhead said, “My best studying tip is rewriting the main points down and then using quizlet notecards. These help me the most.” Wille was also asked how she felt about finals and she said, “This finals week I’m really nervous because it’s been a crazy year and each teacher is doing finals their own way.”

Using Quizlet, reading over old notes and tests, watching videos on content learned are all great ways to study for finals, and it is important to find the best way to study for yourself, because everyone has their own way of studying that works for them. 

Colin Kane, a junior at Arrowhead said he is “reviewing basic ideas or information and practicing reading fast for my english courses.” 

As Jennifer Passler, an English teacher from Arrowhead said, “#1. Sleep AND a sleep schedule. It is so, so important to go to bed at roughly the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. This includes weekends! You can deviate within 1-2 hours, but any more than that and you create a roller coaster for your brain that really makes it difficult to focus.#2. Space out / create a schedule for your homework. It has got to be so painful to try to do ALL your homework after 9:00 on a Sunday night! Like anything – learning a new sport or instrument or starting a new exercise practice, it’s the little regular steps that make all the difference. For instance, it’s painful and unrealistic to do just one intense workout and think you’re going to see results right away.I know everyone is busy – but you make the decision of what to prioritize in your day. #3. Take a breath. You’ve been in class for 90 days. Unless you sat on your phone the whole time, acknowledge that you know SOMETHING.”