Principal at Golden Secondary School
As we head back to school next Monday, January 7th, 2013, we will have three weeks until students in Grade 10-12 will be writing exams for some of their subjects.
Classes continue as usual for students in Grades 8 and 9, but students in Grades 10-12 only attend for their exams unless they have a Grade 9 class, during the week of January 28-31. This is an important time to begin studying to prepare for the final exams.
One of the important aspects of studying is finding a good place to study. If a student can answer ‘Yes’ to the following questions, then he/she is in good shape to begin studying!
• Is my Study Place available to me whenever I need it?
• Is my Study Place free from interruptions?
• Is my Study Place free from distractions?
• Does my Study Place contain all the study materi- als I need?
• Does my Study Place contain a large enough desk or table?
• Does my Study Place have enough storage space?
• Does my Study Place have a comfortable chair?
• Does my Study Place have enough light?
• Does my Study Place have a comfortable temper- ature?
There are some simple strategies that help students prepare for tests…
• Find out details ahead of time (what will be on the test, what type of test it will be, how the test will be marked and how much the test is worth)
• Don’t wait until the last minute to study! Short daily study sessions are better than one long ses- sion the night before the test.
• Study at a time when you are not hungry or sleepy.
• Set a goal for each study period – break down the tasks and divide up the sessions.
• Repetition is the key! Read and reread class notes and relevant chapters in the textbook.
• While reviewing notes, cover them up and try explaining them out loud.
• Create study aids by…
• making an outline of just the main ideas
• making a timeline of important dates or order of events
• making flash cards for studying vocabulary, events or important dates
• making own practice quizzes or test
• Work through practice exams or study sheets provided by the teacher.
The best way to reduce test anxiety is by spending a lot of time reviewing and studying for tests. As parents, try to support and encourage your children to find the best place to study and to take the time to study! “Practice makes perfect” directly applies to studying!