As the first semester draws to a close, finals are approaching. For seniors, this is one of their last times taking finals in high school, but for freshmen this is their first go at it.

Anxiety is flying through the air as the freshmen prepare for their tests. Using various resources to study, students

Remembering the past
Trevor Trevino, ’17
Dec. 12, 2013

I am expecting very hard things. Most of it I think I’ll know but I will do my best to pass the tests. Some sources I will use to pass the tests is my brain, and the things I learned in class. I’m not looking forward to it, but I want to get it over with. It pulls back from everything from the beginning of the year but I’m going to have to dig harder to figure out these things, but basically I think I can do it.

Preparation for future
Katie Jacobson, ’17
Dec. 12, 2013

I think it will prepare me for the next year and the years after that. On subjects like English, with novels like Huckleberry Finn and Human Comedy, plus some of the short stories, will be useful for passing the finals. For history, some sources that will be helpful are lecture notes and my textbook. For other classes, basically just lecture notes.

Useful sources
Justus Briggs, ’17
Dec. 12, 2013

The tests are going to be tough but study guides and sources online will be a useful thing for the test. I don’t think it’s different from any other test I have taken because I think the test is going to be the same from the others.

New experience
Katy Blankenship, ’17
Dec. 12, 2013

It’s important that I study for all my finals. I was homeschooled before I came here so this is the first time in a school so that means this is the first time doing a final. It will probably help to talk to teachers and maybe ask them about how to raise your grade or if there is any specific websites that will help us. I am mainly looking forward to Christmas Break so we don’t have to worry about homework.

No procrastination
Thomas Friesen, ’17
Dec. 12, 2013

I am expecting the test to have hard questions so studying is a key factor. Basically, studying the week before is more helpful than studying the night before because you refresh your memory on what you learned over the semester.

Helpful tips
Jenny King, ’17
Dec. 12, 2013

I’m going to study a lot for the final and be prepared for tough questions. So enough sleep, eating well, notecards and memorization will help me pass the tests. I am kind of nervous about the test but I hope I will do good.

Difficult exams
Jacob Bynum, ’17
Dec. 12, 2013

I expect long classes, and difficult tests as finals week approaches. Some sources I can use to help for the test is all the homework I have done over the semester, and lectures from the teachers.

Fake fears
Matthew Tanaka, ’17
Dec. 12, 2013

Since this is my first high school finals, I did not know what to expect. I did expect them to be challenging, however, the finals were not that challenging because the teachers have prepared us for the test so it was much easier.

Not a big deal
Phillip Christopher, ’17
Dec. 12, 2013

To me, the finals are not going to be that much harder than last year because I’m in high school end everything counts. I look forward to longer tests that will take a while to complete. But when I progress further into high school, I’ll be more prepared to ace future tests.

Do your best
Nick LeBlanc, ’17
Dec. 12, 2013

Even though the final is going to be hard, I’m going to try to do my best to pass the test and raise my grade. I think this will affect me in the future because It will better prepare me for later high school tests.

Zach Smith, ’15
Dec. 12, 2013

Back when I was a freshman, finals to me was a nuisance because I have to prove that I knew the stuff even though we have already been tested about that. But now that i am experiencing high school, Iv’e known that when a teacher gives us finals, it will improve me about it and we can remember everything we learned.

Eric Witters, ’04
Dec. 12, 2013

From what I remembered when I was in high school, freshman finals wasn’t hard because it depended the difficulty of the class. On my sophomore through senior year, it got harder because the classes got harder.

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