For many students and teachers, it feels as if the school year just started. However, the year is almost half way over with midterm exams right around the corner during the week of January 23-26.
As usual, the idea of exams being so close is throwing students into a panic. All of the studying and other tests that their teachers may assign the week prior to exams doesn't help with the stress. For those who have yet to receive the exam schedule, it goes as follows:
|Monday 1/23||Tuesday 1/24||Wednesday 1/25||Thursday 1/26|
|Block 1||Block 2||Block 5||Block 6|
|Block 3||Block 4||Block 7||10 a.m. dismissal|
Exams for Block 1, 2, 5, and 6 will take place at 8 a.m. while block 3, 4, and 7 will take place at 10:30 a.m. There is a thirty minute break between each exam so students can go to the café or go off campus to grab a snack; however, it is school policy that all eighth grade students must remain on campus between exams.
Finding enough time to study is the hardest part of exam week for many students. The other hardest part is finding a good way to study.
If science teacher Dr. Peter Mecca was a student and had to study for exams, he said he would “go ask the teacher for a study guide.” Based on how he did on the packet, he would then determine what teachers he should go see.
Senior Leah Thirkill, who has been taking exams at Mason since eighth grade, says she “sits down and reads over notes.”
No matter how you study, whether it’s a review guide, looking over notes, or just reading the textbook, some studying is better than no studying at all.
For students who have morning Arlington Career Center Classes, they are expected to ride the bus as usual on Monday and Tuesday; on Wednesday and Thursday, these students should come directly to George Mason at 8 a.m. for their block 5 and 6 exams. For students who have afternoon ACC classes, they are expected to attend class as usual. The bus will depart from Mason at 1:15.
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