Alexandra Chapman: Final Exam Study Tips

A dedicated student, Alexandra Chapman of Victor High School in New York maintains continuous Honor Roll achievements by practicing good time-management skills and practical study habits.

The final exam is something that every student continuously faces. Since the task of preparing for final exams can be daunting, it’s a good idea to develop and practice good study habits. These habits can develop into skills that are useful later in life, whether it be in post-secondary courses, career environments, or even everyday household management.

  1. Write down your schedule. With all the electronic devices and digital organizers today (not to mention the trusted agenda notebook), it is easy to have a well-planned schedule. Keeping a schedule and developing a study routine will help you to manage your time better, letting you mentally handle more academic responsibilities.
  2. Read, recite, and review. This has been proven to be one of the most efficient study methods around. Passively reading through material is not enough. You must commit what you read to memory. Experts suggest reading through one section, turning away and summarizing it in your head or in writing, then comparing the information with the original source.
  3. Test yourself. Create a sample final. Many times, teachers will give students practice exams. Take advantage of these, or, if no practice exam is available, write your own. This will help you decipher between what you really know, what you think you know, and what you need to learn.
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From the Desk of Alexandra Chapman: Benefits of Membership in the National Honor Society

Established in Pennsylvania in 1921, the National Honor Society is an organization for high-achieving students in grades 10 through 12. The prestigious organization, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, provides a variety of benefits and opportunities for members.

The National Honor Society maintains a number of scholarship programs that recognize outstanding leadership, character, and academic achievement. Scholarships include the Herff Jones Principal’s Leadership Award, which provides an opportunity for high school principals to recognize deserving students. The Prudential Spirit of Community Award recognizes students on the basis of community service. Other awards include the American Citizenship Award and the President’s Education Award Program. Various opportunities for leadership, service, and scholarship are available through individual chapters.

Members of the National Honor Society have an opportunity to attend a LEAD conference, an annual event that offers opportunities for members to network, share ideas, meet leaders, attend workshops, listen to national speakers, and take ideas for improvement back to their local chapters. Students apply to attend a LEAD conference, held in one of three different areas of the country. In 2012-13, conferences were held in Phoenix, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

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About the Author: A high school student in Victor, New York, Alexandra Chapman has received a number of awards for her leadership and academic achievement. She maintains memberships in several academic organizations, including the National Honor Society. In spite of her busy schedule, she volunteers time to charitable organizations, including groups that assist underserved families.