Semester Exams at ASFG … minute for minute, the best investment of study time all year
Weight of ExamsHow important are they? • Semester exams count % of semester • Minute for Minute, they are the most influential assignments all year • Studying for them helps solidify skills and knowledge you’ll need for the rest of the year and beyond
Weight of ExamsHow important are they? • Semester exams count 20 % of semester • Minute for Minute, they are the most influential assignments all year • Studying for them helps solidify skills and knowledge you’ll need for the rest of the year and beyond
Study Tips How much time? • Plan to study at least 10 solid hours per exam • Plan blocks of time in your agenda, spread out over two weeks • Go over your schedule with parents • Prioritize your classes • Social lives put on hold during exam week
Study Tips Where should I study? • Find a comfortable but productive place to study • Preferably not in your bedroom • Lots of light • Better too cool than too warm • No distractions – noisy siblings, TV, chat
Study Tips Breaks: How can I stay alert and focused? • Plan Smart Breaks • After tasks, not time • Walk around, fresh air, shoot hoops or light jog, practice your juggling • No T.V. or messaging – Time Warp! • http://collegeuniversity.suite101.com/article.cfm/healthy_procrastination_habits_
Study Tips Should I study with friends? • Yes, study w/ teacher, study groups and tutors • Use student study groups but use wisely • With parents home • http://collegeuniversity.suite101.com/article.cfm/study_groups__part_i • Use teacher study sessions!
Study Tips How can my teachers help? • Teachers review of material is most important! • Take the two review periods very seriously • Attend any and all extra review sessions • Teachers give hints and guide you • Use the study guides
Study Tips When should I feel confident that I’m done? • Don’t “trust” your understanding! Prove it! • Do problems from scratch, don’t just visually review old problems. • Write practice essays, introductory paragraphs • Explain a concept to a friend, sibling, parent • Feel confident when you can answer a question with no help from notes or friends
Study Tips How can I prepare myself physically and mentally? • Take care of your mind and body… • Sleep well during exam week - 8 hours • Brisk but short exercise • Eat well night before and morning of: • High complex carbs, low fat and protein • Don’t stress – worst that can happen? Seek help. Best way to avoid stress is…
Study Tips Give me more tips! This PowerPoint Presentation and more Test Taking Tips http://www.asfg.mx/highschool/academic_support.php More Website with Excellent Tips (some in Spanish) http://collegeuniversity.suite101.com/article.cfm/study_tips_for_final_exams#ixzz0YXEgzTNr http://www.studygs.net/
Study Tips What should I do now? Step 1: Go over this PowerPoint with your parents , THIS WEEKEND! Step 2: Sit down at your “comfortable study place” and plan out your study plan in your agenda. Step 3: Talk to teachers whose classes you are most concerned about. Share your plan. Ask for help. Speak up, advocate for your learning and listen up. Step 4: Take all review sessions very, very seriously
Study Tips What should I do now? And finally,
Study Tips What should I do now? And finally, Believe in yourself!
Study Tips What should I do now? And finally, Believe in yourself! We all do but that doesn’t help nearly as much as you… believing in … YOURSELF. You can do well on these exams!