Some of the most common questions involving studying concern finals, and rightfully so. For many high school students, their finals determine their success or failure in a class. That one test can be 50% of a student’s grade for an entire semester of work. Here are four steps that will help you make sure that you are getting the most out of your study sessions for high school finals.
1. Make sure you have all of your materials.
Few things are more annoying than having to continually re-gather your school materials. Make sure you have all the books and other materials you need for that class. Frankly, though, your books should simply be a reference by this time. You have been taking good notes and studying all along, so your most important materials aren’t in your books. It’s in your own words on your own paper.
You also want to make sure you have enough materials to stay put for at least 50 minutes. A writing utensil, paper on which to make new review materials, and a focused mind should be enough. If you would rather make a digital resource than a hand-written one, that will work. But before committing to a computer, consider these three benefits of hand-writing your review materials.
First, you have the added memory aid of kinesthetic learning. This is a primary way people take in information, and, believe it or not, simply writing something down can be tremendously helpful for memorization. Second, there are visual helps that come from hand-writing a new review sheet that are missed on a computer screen. For example, many people have had the experience of remembering where an answer was on a particular page. If you’ve ever thought, “I remember that It was under the picture of the alligator on the top right hand corner of the page… ,” you know what I’m talking about. That benefit is mostly lost on a scrolling computer screen. Third, successful students know the benefits of arrows, diagrams, scribbles, doodles, and every other weird hand-written elements for studying. You miss that on Microsoft Word. There is no way around it with the current state of technology.
If you have all of your materials, you are now ready for step 2, setting the environment for a successful final exam study session.
2. Set up a great environment for studying.
Many college students miss this element entirely. Consider this: how many students have you seen at Starbucks with a laptop open, Facebook in the background, gmail chat in the foreground, twitter feeds buzzing their phones, text messages coming in every three minutes, and a chemistry book in their lap? That type of studying – if it can even be called “studying” – is not particularly helpful for studying for finals. High school students need to understand this element of studying for finals before graduating. Your environment matters. It can make or break your study session.
The problem with a bad environment is that time moves at the same speed whether you are learning or not. Many a disappointed student has spent hours at the coffee shop cramming for exams but failed a test because of a poor environment. Great environments enhance studying exponentially.
Great environments, while being different for each individual, will have certain things in common. Social media will be held at bay. As difficult as that sounds, it must be done. Tell Facebook, “Goodbye,” for an hour. Twitter, texting, Voxer, and HeyTell have no place in a finals study session. More traditional media like television also needs to be shut down for a while. Set an environment where you can concentrate without the constant pull of media all around you. Music can help some students stay focused, but try to make sure it is instrumental and playing quietly in the background if at all. The quieter and more focused your environment is, the more productive your study session will be.
3. Focus your studies on the most important ideas and details.
When studying for finals, you should not be re-reading the chapters. Reading is an important part of the learning process, but it is too comprehensive to be helpful on a final exam. You want just the biggest, most important details. Birthdays, maiden names, pets names, favorite colors, and state flowers are usually not on the final exams. Essays about major thought-movements and the key thinkers involved are on final exams.
Acing your finals is dependent on whether or not you can focus your learning on the most important ideas. If you can, you are sure to score higher in less time studying. If you cannot, you are sure to know a lot of information, have spent a lot of hours in the library, and not understand why so much of what you studied wasn’t on the exam. Learning what to learn is as important as learning how to learn. Read the rest of this entry »
There are various options available to those who are looking for educational courses. There are a number of reasons why so many students are opting for an online high school. One of the most important reasons is that you get to be in charge of your education! No more Monday blues and boring uniforms as education now comes with a choice. Thanks to the Internet and multimedia, today’s generation can study, appear for exams and get a degree at their own pace. The concept of a virtual middle school is fast catching up among the youth who desire flexibility of time and schedule. It is a wonderful option for full time as well as part time students. The student must have access to the Internet and be disciplined in their approach to complete their work.
Before enrolling at any virtual high school, there are a few things that need to be considered. You should check whether the institute is accredited by a regional accreditation agency. This is important as it means that you will receive quality education and have access to the best faculty, learning tools and resources, equipment and study materials. You will be able to participate in extracurricular activities too. An online high school is just like its classroom counterpart. There are assignments, quizzes and final exams. You can also make better use of your time as you do not have to wait for a teacher or travel. Shy students may benefit as well, as they need not worry about feeling embarrassed to ask or answer questions in front of others. You can easily access the study material from your computer, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. There are no distractions when studying online. You decide how you are going to study according to your convenience.
An online high school education obtained from an accredited institute presents employment opportunities. Students who attend an online class pay no fees, with the possible exception of expenses for lab fees, textbooks and an Internet connection. You can expect a flexible environment that will help you to achieve your academic and life goals. The courses offered by the virtual institute cover arts, business education, English, family and computer science, health/PE, IT, Math, music, science, service learning, social studies, special education and world languages. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s taken for granted now that every child born in this country has to at least go as far as high school. It wasn’t always this way though. When the government made a high school education universal more than 90 years ago, it seemed to the entire country that the government was being far too idealistic. What would everyone do with such a fantastic level of education, they wondered. Most people just needed to work the fields or the factories. Why, in Europe, a universal high school education policy was positively discouraged by the intellectuals of the continent. America went ahead with making it illegal for parents to keep their children home from school, and brought schooling to every home in every village in the land. Europe did not at first. As the years wore on, it became clear that America’s high school graduates certainly made for better factory workers and farmhands. It took the country forward much more quickly to have an educated population. Sadly though, America seems to have forgotten the lessons it once learned. You can hear it debated everywhere today how it’s just craziness that we expect every young person to go to college.
With parents groaning under the burden of expensive college tuitions and many young people everywhere unwilling to put themselves through rigor that a college degree requires, pandering education skeptics seem to have the public ear. Unfortunately for them, being the country of modest educational expectations makes no more sense today than it did back then.
One reason it is argued that a college degree is unnecessary is that it seems apparent these days that being a college graduate is nothing special. Young people don’t seem to get any great jobs just because they have a degree under their belts, they say.
Now this would be a terribly simplistic argument to make. While a college degree doesn’t guarantee anything more than a mediocre life, not having one would in most circumstances, guarantee a terrible one. To begin with, better educated people are certainly better adjusted in life – and happier. And then, holding a bachelor’s degree can pay off in all kinds of ways in life. Even if one’s job is being a salesperson, a plumber, a carpenter, a car mechanic or a secretary. Read the rest of this entry »