Finals and Winter Break Survival Guide

Kelly Cordingley, Hailey McEntee, Caroline Meinzenbach, News Editor, Staff Writer, Staff Writer

TIPS ON TACKLING TESTS:
Communication Arts finals:
  • Look back over the learning targets teachers have given throughout the semester.
  • For literary skills, review the terms and know their definitions. Think back on examples of each literary term also.
  • For grammar, do any review sheets for practice.
  • For vocabulary, study the definitions and know how to use context clues and roots and stems.
  • CA finals are skill-based so there isn’t exact content to study. It is just showcasing the skills you have been practicing all semester.

Information from Head of Communication Arts Department Teresa Schulte.

Math finals:

  • Work problems. The only way to learn math is by doing the problems.
  • If you have a review guide, do it.
  • If you don’t have a review guide, find old problems in the textbook that look familiar and work them out. If the answers are in the back of the textbook, it works out really well.
  • Don’t forget the skills learned early in the semester.
  • You have to know how to work problems, whereas for other classes it is usually multiple choice.

Information from math teacher Adam Wade.

Social Studies finals:

  • The only way to prepare is to make a venue that you can think about and discuss the content.
  • Don’t just read over the chapter or notes. Have a study group that you can discuss what you have learned.
  • Think about all the content of the semester in a story format.
  • Visualize vocab words. Once you can get a mental image of the word, you know it well.
  • Know the main concepts and themes of the chapters.

Information from European history teacher Jason Peres.

Foreign Language finals:

  • Take advantage of the websites teachers give for extra practice. Some good Spanish websites are spaleon.com and conjuguemos.com, which can help with conjugation and vocab in context.
  • Memorize vocabulary words.
  • Don’t put off studying for the last minute because it takes time to memorize and practice.
  • Ask questions in class.
  • Make flashcards.
  • Get a good nights sleep — it is hard enough to take a test in English while you are tired, so it’s that much more difficult in Spanish.

Information from Spanish teacher Jill Gouger.

Science finals:

  • Study well in advance. Don’t cram all the information in your head the night before.
  • Pick different topics in advance to focus on.
  • Know roots and stems. The more roots and stems you know, the better.
  • Know how to apply knowledge.
Information from Anatomy and Physiology teacher Larry Hare.
Make sure to bring:

  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • A calculator (for math and some science finals)
  • If the teachers collects a review guide, make sure to bring it.
  • Books, other study materials, etc. for after the test is over.
WHILE ON BREAK:
THE FIRST WEEK BACK:
Mon. Jan 2. – Girls BB vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (Soph/Fresh) -4 p.m.
(No School) Boys BB @ Aquinas (Fresh) -5:30 p.m.
Girls BB vs. Aquinas (JV/Varsity) -5:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan 3. – Boys BB @ Aquinas (Soph/JV/Varsity) -5:30 p.m.
(No School)
Wed. Jan 4.First day back (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors at 7:45, Seniors at 9:30)
Boys BB vs. Shawnee Mission South (Fresh/JV) -5:30 p.m.
College Panel – PAC
Enrollment Fair
Senior Class Photo
Thurs. Jan 5.– Girls BB vs. Blue Valley Northwest (Soph/JV/Varsity) -5:30 p.m.

Boys Swim vs. Turner -4 p.m.

Fri. Jan 6. – Boys BB @ BVNW (Soph/JV/Varsity) -4 p.m.
Boys BB – BVW Tournament (Fresh) -5:30 p.m.
Wrestling @ BVNW (JV/Varsity) -6 p.m.