Staffer Grady Salzman reflects on the pressure to do well on the upcoming finals and his steps to ease the stress and ace the test.
by Grady Salzman
Semester finals are coming upon us fellow classmates, and they’re back with vengeance for those of us who were exempt from last year’s finals. In less than two weeks you will be sitting down at your desk, number two pencil in hand, and writing down the answers that could very well determine your semester grade. As of now, most guys, myself included, are completely unprepared and are wondering how high our kill/ death ratio in MW3 currently is. And on the opposite side of the spectrum the typical girl is concerned if there is a new episode of the Real Housewives on tonight or not. But fear not, I am about to lay down my four step plan that anyone at EHS can follow in order to ease the stress and ace every one of those rotten tests. Step 1: It’s time to break out the books, ladies and gentlemen. When is the best time to start studying? Now. It is l safe to say that every teacher has already mentioned his/her semester final. They seem to annotate their own conversation and say, “Now that one you can guarantee will be on the test kids”. So write it down! The teachers give you those hints so you can do well on the test. If you start studying those bits of information now, you won’t have to learn them the day before the test. Most teachers have given back quizzes, and tests you’ve already taken. Teachers put the most important questions on those and they put the most important questions on the final, so you can be sure questions from previous test will be on your final. Step 2: Get your face away from Facebook. Honestly, if kids today would spend the amount of time they spend on social networking sites on their schooling, then we would all be accepted into Harvard. Time and time again page 16 // Opinion
Ashlyn Jackson pictured, photo
as I walk the hallways I hear, “like my status” or by Chloe Pittman “I’m going to tweet that”. So when you finally decide to study get off the computer, put down that phone, and just study. You will get through twice the amount information in half the time if you aren’t updating you status to something such as “Omg, all the teachers hate me b/c they gave me tons of stuff to like study and ... stuff ;( I’ll never get done!” Step 3: Cooperation is the key. Most teachers are about to read this and find out that us students are openly “breaking the system,” but in all honesty to get by you have to get ahead, and to do that you stay behind. What I mean is if you want to do well on a final, find out who is taking it before you and ask them what was on it. You’ll still have to remember the answers, but instead of studying chapters of information, study the answers to the questions your friend told you. Most of you already do this, but I’m just the first to blatantly put it in writing for all of the staff members to see. Another great step is to study together. Two is better than your one, and your one is not always that bright. Step 4: Breathe in, Breath out. When it’s finally test time, it comes down to what you know. You have to relax and hope you paid enough attention in class to ace the test. And for others, cross those fingers and sit close to somebody smart because it’s the only chance you have at getting a good grade. Finals can be stressful and can leave you at your breaking point. But by following these four easy steps, I can guarantee that you will be on track to passing your semester finals in no time.