By Jack McShane ‘19
With finals approaching, Brother Rice students have one thing on their minds: preparing to get the grade they want. Some students have already started their final studying routine, but other students struggle with procrastination and will start studying Monday night. Every student has a unique way of preparing, but most students have found success with their routine.
Senior Mike LaBella tends to do well in STEM classes from his methods: “I go over my notes and redo worksheets and practice problems. I tend to do better on my science, math and engineering finals.”
Mike tends to have a harder time on English and history finals. “I procrastinate a lot, but when I study for English and history, I reread the stories and chapters that will be on the final test.” Mike also uses the internet for specific topics. “If I review the notes and still do not understand the topic, I will usually go to YouTube for help.”
Tom Gleeson, a senior at Brother Rice, is satisfactory with his performance on final tests. Tom made a specific note of how he does not use outside materials to study.
Tom said, “I really only go over my notes and past chapters from the book. Freshman year, I used some outside materials from the internet, but I have found more success recently when I go over only what my teacher has given me.”
Tom doesn’t over-think the material; he studies the basics and has found favorable outcomes with his method. “Since I have started my new method of studying, I have seen better results.”
Senior Ciaran Sheridan has a very organized way of his finals. This comes as no surprise to most seniors, because Ciaran has a reputation for being a great student. His study regimen consists of making study guides, and spending more time studying for certain classes.
“I make study guides for each class,” said Ciaran. “I focus a lot harder on the tougher classes that I need to get a good final grade in.” Ciaran finds this pattern to work well for him. “It allows me to study the most important material and the results have been great through my four years at Rice.”
Each student has a different way of preparing for the oh-so-important finals. Mike, Tom and Ciaran each have a different way of preparing, and all have found general success from their methods. There is no right or wrong way to study for finals. The only wrong way to prepare for your upcoming tests is not preparing at all!