Finals, a torturous way of making us students smash all the information we’ve learned in a semester into our minds. Our school just came off winter break and the first day back we are already talking about preparing for them. I don’t know about you, but it’s really starting to stress me out. On top of the mountains of homework we receive normally, myself and a lot of my friends had piles to do over break which doesn’t ease the stress for finals. I personally believe that we students would benefit from having these tests the week before we go on break rather than when we come back. This switch would relieve the pressure that we as students have, as well as giving us an advantage to getting a better score on our finals.
Does this picture remind you of what you look like when you are trying to cram everything you learned first semester into about three nights of studying? I know that’s what I must appear to be.
My cousins that live out in Washington state have their finals before they leave for winter break and were shocked to hear that at Fremd we have ours after we come back. They said that it is a huge convenience to them because once they slam their pencil down on that desk after their last question, all the weight is lifted off their shoulders and they can have a care free winter break. Now us on the other hand, we have to worry all break about what information we are going to need to know in order for us to succeed on these tests. Also, holding the finals before we leave will help us score higher. This is because the information will be fresh and running in our heads. How many of you actually study over break and don’t save your homework until the last day? I know that my first day back was like an absolute blank slate, I couldn’t remember anything. Studies have shown that students actually will get higher grades if the information is still fresh and new in their minds...obviously. If we have two weeks off from learning entirely our brains basically turn to mush and we have to get back into our daily routines and learning styles. What’s your opinion on the topic, finals before or after winter break? Do you even mind taking finals, or think that they benefit us?