Ex­ams right around the cor­ner

High school eval­u­a­tions at the end of Jan­uary have stu­dents stressed

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HERE & THERE - El­lie Parker is a Grade 11 stu­dent at Blue­field High School com­plet­ing a co-op place­ment at The Guardian.

Exam time: The most loathed time of the year for peo­ple in my shoes – high school­ers.

In each class it’s dif­fer­ent. Some teach­ers give you small ex­ams after each unit, that way you have four smaller ex­ams based just on one unit in­stead of one big exam at the end with ev­ery­thing put on it. Some teach­ers choose to do fi­nal projects or pre­sen­ta­tions, whilst the oth­ers just give one big exam at the end of the se­mes­ter on ev­ery­thing you’ve learned.

Now I per­son­ally have an exam in chem­istry which is based off of ev­ery­thing we’ve learned and a group project/pre­sen­ta­tion about some type of panel dis­cus­sion. But exam time is stress­ful on peo­ple my age. I may only have one exam and a pre­sen­ta­tion, but some peo­ple have four big ex­ams, which means four times the study­ing.

It’s hard on us be­cause we work study­ing around our jobs, sports and other com­mit­ments we have go­ing on in our lives. Even if we study day in and day out, some still fail or don’t get the mark they wanted and that’s hard. De­pend­ing on how you are do­ing in that class, you could fail the en­tire class or it could drop your mark by a de­cent amount and it could end up a mark you never wanted a col­lege or univer­sity to see be­cause it de­ter­mines how they look at you.

That’s what exam time means to a lot of peo­ple in high school — it’s a make or break in class. Marks dic­tate ba­si­cally if you’re go­ing to ac­tu­ally get into the univer­sity or col­lege you want or not and so you try and try to do your best and even then, some­times your best just doesn’t pay off. You end up putting that on your­self be­cause you be­lieve you could have done even bet­ter than you ac­tu­ally did. Right after ex­ams are done, you think you catch a break. But, no, you are thrown into an­other se­mes­ter of dif­fi­cult sub­jects once again and the cy­cle con­tin­ues year after year un­til you grad­u­ate.

Grow­ing up you never fully re­al­ize just how dif­fi­cult high school can be. The younger you are the more fun you have in school. But as you go through the years it be­comes harder and you find your­self more tired than you used to be when you were young. You start to see more work placed in front of you but no kind of work they give you in el­e­men­tary or ju­nior high can pre­pare you for high school or ex­ams.

High school, it’s a whole new world. You ei­ther ac­cept it and find a way through or you sink. It’s hon­estly that sim­ple be­cause if you think that’s bad, wait un­til you grad­u­ate.

It’s hard on us be­cause we work study­ing around our jobs, sports and other com­mit­ments we have go­ing on in our lives. Even if we study day in and day out, some still fail or don’t get the mark they wanted and that’s hard.

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