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Exam Advice from the Class of 2019

Seniors Holland Carlton and Bay Brickley wish all the freshman good luck this exam season. Photo: Eden Kerker

A lot of freshmen think that they are prepared for exams since they had a sneak peek in seventh and eighth grade. But really it’s a whole new ballgame in high school, so here’s some advice from the senior class.

“Oh my gosh, I used to stress myself out,” said Conor Hartman. “When you hear the word ‘exams’ people automatically think ‘stress,’ but you don’t need to stress. Don’t surround yourself with people who are stressing out. Don’t go to study groups if they are filled with stressful people. Do what’s best for you, not what you think sounds best.”

“My number one piece of advice is to start studying ahead of time,” said Luisa Whitney. “It took me a couple years to find out which way of studying works best for me, so if you start early, you can rule out inefficient ways of studying earlier.”

“Freshmen should really take advantage of all the review sessions that are offered,” said Ania Brisco. “Sometimes teachers will even reveal the format of the exam or tell you what will or will not be covered on the test.”

“For the people who love to be organized, I recommend color coding,” said Blair Myers. “You can color code it to be pretty or maybe write in red what you’re confused about, highlight in yellow for clarification and write in green what you know and are sure about.”

“Definitely start studying before the study sessions because then you know what questions to ask,” said Patrick Thurman. “It [stinks] when you get home and then have so many questions.”

“Go to study sessions only if you need it,” said Aleks Golde. “It’s just a big waste of time if it’s not beneficial to you. But don’t be afraid to ask teachers for help, even if the teacher doesn’t teach your specific class. Like for math, if you can’t get ahold of your teacher, just find someone who teaches the subject.”  

“Some of my friends don’t like study groups and sessions, but I love them and encourage them,” said Jacob Sloman. “Someone might ask a question you haven’t thought of and some questions force you to dig a little deeper into whatever you’re learning.”

“I think people hear it all the time, but change study spots,” said Alondra Juarez. “If you stay sitting at your desk for hours, you’re just gonna get bored. Go outside, go to the Pace library, or even sit on your bed.”

“Ask upperclassmen,” said Caroline Singleton. “Teachers can give you the standard advice, but students, especially those who have previously taken the class you’re taking, can give you advice based on personal experiences.”

“Sleep, sleep, sleep,” said Kayla Ross. “You’re not going to retain any information past 12 a.m and if you get organized and study ahead of time, then you won’t even need to stay up. You’re not going to perform as well if you don’t get sleep anyway. It’s fact.”