When you think of exams, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Is it stress? Studying? Elkin High School students were expecting to have exams during the week of Jan. 9-13, but the recent snowfall postponed those plans. Whenever they are faced, exams always bring preparation, reviewing, and stress.
When preparing for exams students have different methods. Emilee Major, a freshman, was asked how she would prepare. She replied saying she would “go to sleep very early, getting eight or more hours of sleep.” She would also get ready by “cooking a nice breakfast of proteins and milk.”
Along with the rest of her classmates, Major also will have review sessions at school to help her prepare. Reviewing in Elkin High School usually takes place in the classroom during three-hour sessions in the afternoons after a morning exam period.
Although she expects to attend the review sessions, Major said she would rather “review by myself because friends are a distraction.” Sometimes, students dread the long review sessions, but they can be useful.
Technology teacher Brent Poplin plans to use the time to go over concepts, look over notes and questions, and play a few review games.
Although teachers are there to help, students also need to help themselves by keeping up with material throughout the class. As Poplin explained, “Students get the impression that they can wait until the end and cram in all they need to know.” All this reviewing and testing then leads to stressful times for many students.
Exams also come with a great deal of pressure to do well. Due to North Carolina state requirements, high school exams are worth 20 percent of a student’s final grade in a course. If the student doesn’t do well on the final exam, it could bring the semester grade down.
Although the weight of exams can be intimidating, most students do well, particularly if they pay attention during the review sessions. Poplin said, “At the end of the semester, review sessions definitely help get the rest of the information in.”
After attending the review session, a good night’s sleep, and a healthy breakfast, most students will be ready to ace any exam offered. Then, it will be time for a new semester for staff and students.
Michele Hernandez, Leah Thornburg, Gabriella Gentry, and Elena Wilson are Elkin High School English students.