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Facing Finals


Christmas season brings with it snow, gifts, joy, and finals. With break right around the corner, students are rushing to study for semester tests and finish projects.

“There is a whole semester of work to for, so nearing a test date, I’ll become more stressed out,” Senior Sam Lamba said.

Most teachers have finals at then end of the semester, but the type of final varies from class to class.

“I prefer to do project based finals because it gives you more flexibility to manage your time and it also gives you a relative assurance on what grade you’ll get as there are no surprises,” Lamba said

In his AP Biology class, Lamba is doing an experiment outside of class for his final. While it gives him freedom to work at his own pace, the project gives him more work to do out of school, rather than an in-class test.

“It’s nice to have final projects, because then I don’t have to study for hours. It is just a different way to show my knowledge, but it is still stressful and causes me to have homework on finals week,” sophomore Sami Heathcote said.

In order to reduce last minutes panic at the end of the semester, many teachers give out less homework during finals week.

“If a teacher piles on homework before finals, then the finals become more stressful. You are wasting your time finishing homework rather than preparing for the final,” Lamba said.

Along with adding pressure on students, learning new material right before a break might not be as effective.

“Teachers don’t usually give me more homework before break because they know that if they try to make us learn in the last week, we will forget before break is over.” Heathcote said.

There are many ways that teachers prepare their students for finals and help them study.

“Teachers often walk through the major things from the semester, which makes finals less stressful,” Lamba said.

Students can also help relieve some of the  tension by getting enough sleep and exercising.

“To manage my stress, I make sure to get a lot of sleep and I go to gymnastics practice. I found exercising to be a great way for me to relieve my stress,” Heathcote said.

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