With the end of the semester approaching, finals are coming up. Finals are the cumulative tests that students take the 3 days before Christmas break. These tests show what the students learned over the semester. At Mercy we take finals on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Monday we take the finals for periods 1, 2, and 3. On Tuesday we take finals 4, 5, and 6. And on Wednesday, we take finals 7 and 8. On Wednesday after the last final, student Council puts on a Christmas play to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. This is where Advent Angels are revealed. Since it’s a long test, the students get 100 minutes to take it instead of the normal 45 minutes. It can be a really stressful time for most people, including the teachers. Finals can put a lot of stress on the teachers because they have a lot of grading to do. They have to grade every student in all of their classes’ finals. It’s stressful for the students because one has to study a lot to be fully prepared. Because we take at least 2 finals a day, studying becomes extra difficult because you have to manage your time and be aware of all of the information.
A great way to stay on track when studying is to take breaks. You might think that you don’t have enough time to take one, but your brain needs it. A quick 10 minute break will give you the energy to stay on top of your studying. Also, snack breaks will help you to feel energized and will keep your brain thinking. Another great tip to help you do well on your finals is to get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep the night before will help you to wake up early and get your brain fully working sooner. Making sure that you are prepared for finals will help you to reduce stress and improve your grade.