Stay on Track

Checklist for this Week, May 6, 2013

For freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors

Here are a few reminders to help you do your best on final exams:

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Eat a good breakfast each day.
  • Listen to the teacher's instructions before the test begins.
  • Once the teacher has completed all instructions, read all the directions carefully before starting the test. If you do not understand, be sure to ask the teacher.
  • Budget your time allotted for the test. Work as efficiently as you can, but don't rush.
  • Answer the questions you know first, and focus on the sections of the test that are worth the most points at the beginning of the period.
  • Read the questions carefully. For true/false questions, remember to watch for words like "never" and "always."
  • On multiple choice questions, try to think of the answer before you look at the choices.
  • When writing the response to an essay question, be certain that you are answering what the teacher is asking.
  • If time permits, read back over the test before handing it in.

For parents

If you are the parent of a graduating senior, the next few weeks will be hectic and happy. The following tips will help prepare you and your senior for his or her graduation ceremony.

  • Carefully read all information sent home from the school regarding graduation procedures.
  • Parking and seating arrangements may be very specific. If tickets are issued, place them in a secure place.
  • If needed, review any accommodations mentioned for disabled or older family members.
  • Place your senior's graduation cap, gown, and tassel in a safe place.
  • Be sure that cameras, film, and video equipment are in working order.
  • Talk to your senior about proper behavior at the commencement ceremony. Most high schools provide a "graduation practice." Be sure that your senior attends.
  • Arrange for transportation for everyone well in advance of graduation day.