Finals are approaching quickly, and to freshman who have not taken finals before, it can appear a little stressful. In order to relieve the stress here are some common questions that  freshman have answered by upperclassmen at AHS.

  • How long in advance should a person start to study?
    • “They should start studying at least one week in advance for finals.” -Kaitlyn McDonald, Senior
    • “Personally, I have a lot of homework leading up to the final, so I usually start studying the weekend before. But, I would say that if you can start studying the week before, that would be best so that you don’t end up cramming.”-Sarah MacGregor, Senior
    • “I would say if the finals are making you really nervous then start studying two weekends ahead so that the week of the finals you already have your stuff to study.” – Kerry Manuel, Senior

 

  • Are finals like MCAS?
    • “No. They’re both tests, but I’d say finals are more important. With MCAS, all you have to do is pass, but finals can have a big impact on your grade. Also, MCAS may include general things that you have to know, but finals are a test of what you’ve learned in that course.” -Sarah MacGregor, Senior
    • “Not at all.” – Kerry Manuel, Senior
    • “No, not really.” -Taylor Hardock, Senior

 

  • How long is the test?
    • “Probably the whole block, but it depends on your class.” -Sarah MacGregor, Senior
    • “It depends on the class and the teacher, but I remember that my finals freshman year lasted almost the whole block.” – Kerry Manuel, Senior

 

  • Is everything you’ve learned over the semester in finals?
    • “Everything you learn will be on your final unless you have a midterm; then, usually, it will cut off half the class.” -Kaitlyn McDonald, Senior
    • “Usually there is a little of everything.” – Kerry Manuel, Senior

 

  • Are all the tests, even if the tests are for different subjects, in the same week?
    • “Yes. There’s only three days of finals, and they’re all in the same week.” -Sarah MacGregor

 

  • When will you know the grade of the test you took?
    • “Grades are posted a couple weeks after the final. I’ve had a couple teachers who put them in so that I could see them on Aspen, but other times, teachers have only allowed me to see the final grade I got for the whole course (not including the grade I got on the final).” -Sarah MacGregor
    • “Depends on the teacher. But there is a date that I think the teachers have to have them in by.” – Kerry Manuel, Senior

 

  • What is the best way to study? Any other advice?
    • “A final can make or break your grade. Most of the time, I’ve been able to bump up my grade from finals, so it is a really good way to bring up your grade if you need it. A good way to study is to copy down your notes when you’re studying, because writing things down helps your brain remember.” -Sarah MacGregor, Senior
    • “Re-reading all your notes from class, making flashcards and writing out stuff helps with memorization. Any way that works best for you, it what will help.” – Kerry Manuel, Senior
    • “Try and do your best and don’t stress too much because it won’t destroy all that you’ve worked on in that class.” – Taylor Hardock, Senior
    • “Don’t stress about it, finals are overrated. If you study for them you should be fine. If you paid attention in class and did all your were supposed to, then you should be fine. And finals are also kind of fun because we have open campus for three days. Most of the time you don’t even need to come in on that third day, so you get a day off. Which is awesome.” – Kerry Manuel, Senior

 

  • What to do for transportation?
    • “The busses run their normal schedule so you won’t be stranded forever. And the cafeteria and the library are open the whole school day, so you can always go and sit in there until your bus comes. You can also try and plan ahead with your parents or family members for rides, so you don’t have to hang out at the school.” – Kerry Manuel, Senior

 

  • When is lunch, how long?
    • “Lunch is from 11:00 to 12:30. They will have food in the cafeteria, but you can also leave to get lunch somewhere.” – Kerry Manuel, Senior

 

Overall, don’t worry too much about finals, as long as you prepare in advance and have a helpful studying technique, taking the test will go smoothly.

 

By Kristina Gerroir, Amanda LaMacchia, Sommer McPherson