SHS Prepares for Final Exams

We’ve got the upcoming schedule and study tips for the final exam period 


By Finn Nielsen, STAFF WRITER

Sanford High School seniors enter final exams at the end of this week, and underclassmen finals take place from June 9 through June 13. Below there are the schedules and study tips students should know about.

Senior exams occur on regular block schedule days. On Friday, May 26, they will take their Blocks 3 and 4 exams. On Tuesday, May 30, they take their Blocks 1 and 2 exams and have time for remediation and skill recovery for any classes they need. They may turn in their Chromebooks if no remediation is necessary. Wednesday, May 31 is the final senior remediation day. 

The first day of finals for underclassmen begins on Friday, June 9 for Blocks 1 and 3. Friday is a modified schedule, which will include one and a half hours for each final, and the rest of the classes that day will be shorter. 

On Monday and Tuesday, the finals will be one and a half hours long. On Monday, June 11, Block 2 finals will occur. Block four finals will be on Tuesday, June 12. 

Remediation time and skill recovery are offered to all students. Remediation is a time when a student could make up missing work, study, read and say goodbye to their teachers for the summer. 

Once finals are over at 9:20 a.m., students can get a ride home or if students want to stay for remediation, the busses will come at normal pick-up times if a student could not get a ride home. Students waiting for buses will be ushered to the cafeteria.

Teachers will be reaching out to failing students who qualify for remediation and work to schedule times for them to complete work. If students are unsure or want to self-advocate, they should reach out to their teacher ahead of time.

Studying for finals can be an overwhelming task as stress builds up at the end of the year. There are ways students can better prepare themselves for the challenge ahead.

Point Loma University has a list of 10 habits that students should do in order to prepare for finals:

  1. Don’t procrastinate
  2. Get good sleep 
  3. Find a good place to study
  4. Music can help with studying
  5. Distracting devices are not that good to have around when studying
  6. Trying multiple study tactics and find which one is best for you
  7. Practice test questions are  a good way to study
  8. Study groups are good because it is easier to stay on track
  9. Don’t overwork and remember to take breaks
  10. Diet is important when studying

Darcie Drew, a history teacher, encourages students to “Check in with your teacher about what the final will look like and what why think you should do to prepare.” In doing so, students may learn what study guides will be provided or what other tools they may have access to for exams. 

Good luck to all SHS students in the final weeks of school!

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