A Freshman’s Guide to Surviving Finals

By Natalie Krafft

Final Exams are taking place on January 16th for periods 1, 3, and 5 and January 17th for periods 2, 4, and 6. On the 16th, students will have only periods 1, 3, and 5 throughout the entire day and will just take exams. Depending on the class, students may need the longer class time. The 17th of January will be dedicated to periods 2, 4, and 6 only and, just like on the 16th, each class will be an hour and a half, and the day will be shorter. Both Wednesday and Thursday will start at 8:00am end at 1:20pm. From 8:00am to 9:00am is 1st period on Wednesday and 2nd period on Thursday. A fifteen minute break is given from 9:30am to 9:45am both days. From 9:50am to 11:20am will be 3rd period on Wednesday and 4th on Thursday. Lunch will be held from 11:30am to 11:50am then the last class, which takes place during 5th and 6th period, will be from 11:50am to 1:20 pm.

Taking a test for any class is stressful already, so having fall semester finals approaching soon doesn’t ease any of the stress, especially because the testing is right after the holidays. The seniors, and even the juniors, of Tri-City have already had experience dealing with these stressful times. So how do the freshman, and perhaps some sophomores, deal with their stress? Obviously, a simple solution to this is study, study and study!

Richelle Thompson, a junior, said, “Going through all the chapters and highlighting things I thought was important [helps].” Thompson also added she would “definitely using the study guide” when she was asked about what she is doing to prepare herself for finals this year.

What does Thompson suggest the freshmen do for preparation? “Review everything you did, even if you didn’t do it. Just go through all the tests you were given too.” She added, “Listen to the teacher when they say that it’ll be on the test.”

Now, studying is very important but there is another component that is missing from acing the finals. What else can you do to ensure a good grade? Thompson says to “get lots of sleep and eat healthy foods.” So instead of eating that sugary cereal for breakfast, eat oatmeal with berries instead for those two days. And when you really want to stay up and watch one more episode of a show, go to bed instead because sleep is very important. Also, never skip meals, especially breakfast.

When asked about what he suggested freshmen to do, Mr. Furlow says, “As an English teacher, if the student knows they’ll have an essay, [you should] write out your answers in advance.”

Mr. Furlow also made another good point by saying, “Some teachers who give you the question beforehand makes it easier on but other teachers don’t.”

Since the 16th is for periods 1, 3, and 5 and most students don’t have a period 1, that would become a two hour study hall for most students. You could use that time wisely to study and help yourself be prepared. Even though finals are extremely stressful, gut wrenching, and just painful, it’s something every student at Tri-City will have to experience. Just remember that it is all over in two days.

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