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Message from Scott Cowie, Head, Senior Division

Scott CowieUpcoming Senior Division Dates:
Monday, June 5 – Final Assembly: Laidlaw Hall, 10:05 a.m.
Tuesday, June 6 – Year 1 to DP1 Exam Tutorial Day (optional classes)
Thursday, June 8 – Tuesday, June 13: Year 1 to DP1 Exams

Every year at this time, I devote this missive to sharing information that will hopefully be of help as your son prepares to write his June exams. That he is likely feeling a little nervous about what lies ahead is probably a good thing, but I trust he also has some level of confidence, provided he’s been working throughout the year and has taken time to prepare for this set of final assessments. Here are a few simple, practical study tips that I found from a very current online article:

  • Build in ample time to study, but be sure to schedule in regular breaks
  • Designate a specific, organized space for quiet study
  • Balance focused individual time with constructive group study
  • Snack on healthy “brain food” and keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Vary your approach to studying with different techniques: use flow charts and diagrams; practise old exam questions; explain your answers to others

Here’s a link to the entire article in the event you’re interested. There are some funny images associated with each respective tip too.

With humour in mind, if we were to categorize the above as “exam dos,” here’s a link to a video I’ve shared in previous years that would epitomize the “exam don’ts”. I wouldn’t recommend that your son follow Mr. Bean’s lead, but this short scene might provide some comic relief in one of his break times during his study sessions.

Above all else, I’d encourage you to help your son remember these three “Ps”:

  • Perseverance: There will be many distractions that could interfere with his exam preparation and remaining focused on his studying will be essential for success.
  • Perspective: If an exam doesn’t go so well, brooding over it won’t help. It’s better to look for lessons learned and move on.
  • Positivity: Optimism is a choice; viewing challenges as opportunities instead of obstacles will help develop a growth mindset, which is key to realizing any goal.

I wish your son all the best on his exams.

Thanks for reading,
Scott

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