The end of the year can be the most stressful for students – the term is ending and exams and final project deadlines are looming on the horizon. Teachers and students at Coffee Count Central High School offered some advice on how to handle the hectic holiday hustle.
Sheila Haley, a biology teacher and CHS’s science department chair, suggested that students need to review and understand key terms and vocabulary.
“Review by reading over chapter notes, study guides, and/or chapter summaries in the textbook,” she said in an email. “Use online resources such as Quizlet. Spend a few minutes each day reviewing instead of procrastinating.”
Haley added that flashcards are also a useful tool and highlighting key information on notes and worksheets always help.
Beyond that, she urged students to ask questions if they don’t understand.
Business teacher Michelle Henley, who is also the business department chair, asked some of her senior students about their study habits. They replied with making notecards and flashcards, use the study guide or review if one is provided and take notes and put those notes into your own words so you can later understand what they mean and be able to relay them back on an exam.
Spanish teacher Allen Kittinger, wh0 is also the high school’s foreign language chair, said, “Space it out a little; don't cram last minute.”
He also suggested stocking up on study snacks, such as orange juice and Pop Tarts.
The study stress doesn’t end with high school – those who choose to go into higher education get slammed with end of the year work as well. Motlow State Community College has an online study resource page, which can be found atwww.mscc.edu/student_success/study_skills.aspx.
Their tips include setting aside the time to study (two or three hours outside of class), keeping a planner or calendar and making sure to make time for healthy habits, like eating, sleeping and having fun.
Motlow also recommends finding out how the student best learns. Parents, siblings or roommates can help quiz the student, the student can record lectures and listen to them again, convert notes into graphic representations of the date or type out handwritten notes.
Where to study is also important – every student has a different ideal environment to learn. Consider the noise level, if there is food or drinks available, the location and if they’re at a desk or prefer to spread out everything on the floor.