It’s That Time Again…Exams!

By Molly Wertz, Middle School Faculty and Dean of Students


It may be hard to believe, but the end of the school year is right around the corner. The seniors are off-campus working on their senior projects, the middle school just wrapped-up a fantastic spring play, and the juniors are eyeing up the soon-to-be their senior lounge.

This week, students in grades eight through 11 will begin preparing in class for final exams.  Final exams are an important part of the college preparatory curriculum. Not only do they offer a summative view of students’ overall learning for the semester, but they also serve as an opportunity for students to hone the skills necessary to successfully prepare for and find success on this type of assessment.

Students, as you begin to prepare for exams, we offer the following study tips. It is important to think about the type of learner you are and adjust your study techniques to support this.

  • Begin the job with organization: gather all necessary class materials, notes, and old tests.
  • Are you a visual learner? Try color coding your notes or drawing pictures to represent concepts.
  • Do you like to move when you learn? Get up out of your seat and off of your bed. Walk around your room and put your whole body into your studying.
  • Are you an auditory learner? Talk out loud to yourself about your notes; tape yourself and play it back.
  • Are you musical? Perhaps some Mozart or other instrumental music will help you concentrate.
  • Do you learn better in study groups? Alone? Meet with a study buddy or find a place to be by yourself.
  • Be aware of time: prioritize your subjects based on day of exam and your confidence in the course. Assign specific days and times that you will focus on each subject. Effective studying is more likely to happen if you dedicate time to study.
  • For those tasks that require memorization, use tricks: chunk the ideas, make up rhymes or songs, find personal connections.
  • Try to anticipate your teacher’s questions. On what areas have you spent the most concentrated focus?
  • Fight the temptation to check social media/your phone when studying. Put your phone out of sight and allow yourself to check it only once when you take hourly breaks.
  • Here are some additional studying tips.

The exam schedule is:

Wednesday, May 30:

  • Math 8:30 – 10:00
  • Science 11:00 – 12:30

Thursday, May 31:

  • English 8:30 – 10:00
  • History 11:00 – 12:30

Friday, June 1:

  • World Language 8:30 – 10:00
  • Make-up 11:00-12:30

You have worked hard and have grown this year through both your success and your failures. Take these lessons and allow them to guide you as you prepare for exams. You’ve got this!