End of the Semester

Maddy Mudd, Mason Barish, and Hannah Petersen

WARNING: Finals are closer than they appear! January 28th is fast approaching and while right now it may seem years away, it’s never too early to start thinking about things.

We have a grand total of… *drumroll please* 10 days left until winter break. This might mean vacation, travel, extended family, or even just time for some well-needed rest. You are almost there! You can make it through and then you’ll have almost two weeks full of fun to destress just in time for finals. 

Once we come back from break, we have one week and then it’s finals time. We have one week to finish any missing work, finish those last quizzes and bring your grade back up from the slacking you were doing before winter break ;). This will be your last week with your classes, with your teachers, and with these classmates. Enjoy it for what it is, but this is also the week that you need to start thinking about finals.  

With that one-week, hardcore studying must be executed in a timely manner, especially if you’re a normal student that likes to procrastinate and enjoy winter break. First off, make a list of your classes and make a plan. It’s a known, obvious fact that some classes are easier than others and for those easier classes, you won’t have to allot as much time to studying. Once you make a study plan, stick to it. Study 10, maybe 20 minutes a day for each class in preparation. This way you’re not cramming it all in the night before.  

We often get distracted with the holidays, and it’s easy to forget to turn in a worksheet or make up a quiz. Make sure that you are checking in with your teachers to make sure that you have completed everything that you need in order to get the best grade you can.

Seniors: When you are getting your final grades in order, check if you qualify for any exemptions. Not every class offers them, but if they do check to see if your absences line up with your grade in the class. You cannot be exempt from any CTE course or a class with a state final. The guidelines are as follows:

  • For an A in the class, you are allowed 3 absences.
  • For a B in the class, you are allowed 2 absences.
  • For a C in the class, you are allowed 1 absence.
  • If you have a D or F you do not qualify for an exemption.