As students wind down into the final material before exams, stress has started to build up in Upper Schoolers. Exams will run from Thursday, February 21st through the following Thursday, February 28th from 8:30 am to 10:30 am (11:30 a.m. for an extended time). Students will begin to review in classes one week before the 21st, as exams will cover material from September to February.
Besides class time for review, students will have the opportunity to attend a review session for each class the day before the exam in that class. Each session will take place from 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm, aside from the English review, which will happen on February 20th, from 3 pm to 4 pm during extra instruction.
Students spend their time studying differently, as shown in interviews with Upper Schoolers. “Typically, I go over my notes for classes, and then I look over past assignments and worksheets” Rachel Sita (‘20) explained about her studying habits.
“I copy down notes in a blank notebook over and over,” said Fiona Caulfield (‘20) about how her studying differs from Rachel Sita.
“I like to prepare by looking through my notes and utilizing quiz websites such as Quizlet and Kahoot, "Cadyn Harrington (‘20) stated.
“I look back at past quizzes and look at my mistakes, also I review homework and review sheets and meet with my teacher after school if needed," Jordan Gross (‘20) said.
By the methods of the four juniors interviewed, they all study differently in ways that are the most successful for them in retaining information. Notes from class, homework, past quizzes and tests, and quiz websites are studied tactics that students can use to prepare for their exams.
In a survey sent out to all Upper Schoolers, 90 students responded with the amount of time they spend studying for each exam outside of class time.
As shown in the chart at the bottom of the page, the majority of students spend about one to three hours studying for each exam. Though there is no correct way to study, students will begin preparing in class a week before exams start. Upper Schoolers can utilize this time to avoid cramming and begin to study some information daily.
Bullis student tutors are also another resource to begin preparing, and review sessions with student tutors will take place on February 13th and 14th from 2:55 pm to 3:20 pm. The sessions will happen in the Studio Theater, Dining Hall, presentation room, and telepresence room.
Following each exam, students may opt to stay on campus to attend review sessions. These are recommended if you want to study for a class and have a teacher there to answer questions. Lunch will be provided at Bullis before the beginning of the sessions, and they will run for about two hours, and students may leave whenever they would like.
The following is the exam schedule:
Thursday, February 21
(Honors) English I
(Honors) English II
Adv. Humanities Seminar (AP Lang)
Friday, February 22
AP World History
AP US History
Adv. Humanities Seminar (AP US History)
AP Comparative Gov
Monday, Feb 25
(Honors) Algebra II
Adv. Algebra & Trig.
(Online) AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
Tuesday, February 26
AP Physics 1
AP Physics C
Wednesday, February 27
Thursday, Feb 28
AP Computer Science A
AP Computer Science Prin
Intro to Engineering
Wednesday 2/20 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Thursday 2/21 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Friday 2/22 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Monday 2/25 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
AP Foreign Language, AP Micro and AP Macro
Tuesday 2/26 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
AP Computer Science and Intro to Engineering
Wednesday 2/27 12:30 pm-2:30 pm