With the approaching of exams at the Upper School next week, we thought we would gather some study tips and encouragement from a couple of your favorite teachers to hopefully make those study sessions less stressful and more productive! Here are several ways to ensure success as you crack open your textbooks and study guides.
PRAY! Before each study session and during your exams, ask God to help you! So many times we think God is only concerned with the most spiritual parts of our lives, but He is also with us in those smaller moments, and delights when we draw near to him and invite him into our daily activities. Actively trust God with your exams and your stress. Ask for his wisdom in the process of studying and preparing for tests. A few moments in prayer can be the key to a more relaxed study session and exam experience.
Attend the review sessions led by teachers. Your teachers want you to succeed. Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can to learn what material will be included in your exams. Ask questions, take notes, quiz yourself and your peers, and pay close attention to the topics your teachers emphasize during these sessions (after all, they are the ones preparing the exam)! Attending these reviews could make a big difference in your final grade.
Limit distractions. Let me repeat this one again in case you stopped reading to check your Instagram. LIMIT DISTRACTIONS. It's so easy to get side tracked by all those notifications on our smartphones. Research shows that your cognitive capacity decreases when your phone is in sight. So, do yourself a favor and put the phone (or anything else that may be distracting you) in another room while you study. Find a quiet place, plan out what you are going to study, and have everything you need right in front of you. Set a goal of how long you are going to study and be sure to include a few small breaks.
Just say "NO" to cramming. Please don't wait until 10:30 p.m. the night before your exam to study a semester's worth of material. Look over semester tests and notes every night for a week prior to an exam. If a question comes up as you are studying, you'll still have time to ask your teacher. Also, research shows that studying in 20-50 minute intervals with short breaks in between can improve long term memory and retention.
Get a good night's sleep and eat a protein breakfast the day of the exam. These are two of the easiest things you can do to help ensure exam day success. Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep the night before and eat some protein the morning of your exam (think eggs, nuts, yogurt, cheese). Avoiding junk food is hard for most teens, especially during times of high stress, but this really can make a big difference the morning of a big test. High sugar foods may give you some energy to start, but will let you down and cause a sugar crash at just the time you need the most energy to get through that long exam.
Relax and smile! You know more than you think! When that exam is finally put in front of you, take a deep breath and relax. YOU GOT THIS! If you have studied diligently, your hard work won't let you down. Trust your first instinct with test questions and be sure to review all of your answers one more time before you hand in your test to be sure you haven't left any blank or partially answered.
Many thanks to beloved teachers, Deanne Regier and Denise Kendrick for contributing to this blog! If you have any study tips of your own, feel free to share them in the comments below!
God is surely at work here at WCCS! Click on the link below to see a message from our Head of School, Scott Dillon, as he went LIVE on Facebook with several exciting announcements and updates.
Please be in prayer as we plan for the future of our school! It has been a great blessing to see God at work here at WCCS, and we give Him all of the praise and glory. YAY school!
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4
With all the potential for distraction in the world we live in - technology, busy schedules, to-do lists, homework, holiday shopping, house cleaning, (you name it!) it's so easy to forget to take pause and truly reflect on the ways in which we are blessed. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, the Lord commands us to "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." God is truly worthy of our praise, and we are forever indebted to him for the gift of our salvation! So, why does God command us to be thankful? Surely not because he needs it from us, though He does delight in it. No, it's his invitation to us to experience the true joy that comes with the realization of His grace and kindness in a world filled with greed, sin, and selfishness. Praise be to God for his never-ending mercy and blessings in our lives!
As we enter into the holiday season, we wanted to take a few moments to reflect on the Lord's goodness with our WCCS friends and family. We hope you enjoy reading some of these quotes from your fellow teachers, staff, and students.
“I am grateful for the Lord’s blessings upon my family during 2017 – a college graduation for Charlie III, marriage between Nikki & Charlie, new opportunities for Bailey at Anderson University, and fond memories with aging parents.” – Susan Westbrook, Business Office Assistant
“I am most grateful for my three little daughters and getting to see God at work in their hearts.” – Julie Stanford, Lower School Art Teacher
“I’m thankful for my 3 wonderful children (twins and a 5 year old) and my mother's recent scan showed her cancer spots are so much smaller! She's been fighting melanoma for a few years now. Praise God!” - Kimberly Sebastian, PreK-K5 Music Teacher
“Having the gift of salvation is the biggest blessing of all! I'm also just reminded more than ever of how blessed I am to have the family I have. I'm so thankful for a Godly husband and two beautiful children that we thought we would not be able to have. God is good, and He gives me more than I'll ever deserve!” – Nikki Cales, 3K Teacher
“I am thankful for a meaningful job/ministry where I can directly impact the Kingdom of God and have tons of fun doing my ‘work’!” – Deanne Regier, Social Studies Teacher
“The Lord has blessed us with our new home, after nine months of being in various transitional housing situations. We are next to our family and in a place where the kids can play freely. The extra space has allowed us opportunities to fellowship with and bless others.” – Kara Winn, 3rd Grade Teacher
“I am thankful for the grace upon grace that our Lord and Savior offers me and for the opportunity He gives us to share that with others at this school.” – Jane Wilson, Director of Admissions & Development
“I am thankful for a Godly heritage and Godly parents. Losing my second parent this year has helped me gain perspective on the kind of parent and kind of example I want to be for my daughter.” – Polly Baker, Upper School Receptionist
“I am most thankful for the legacy of faith handed down to my children from generation to generation!” – Scott Dillon, Head of School
“I am blessed by being able to teach the gospel every day as part of my job. It’s also a blessing to know that my child is hearing about God every day from his teachers.” – Ana Holz, 4th Grade Teacher
“As a family, we are thankful for the continued blessing God has provided so that Braxton can be loved, nurtured and appreciated for who he has been made in Christ. Every faculty and staff member is thoughtful, innovative and intentional in pointing all of our children to Christ in all that they do. Professionally, I am tremendously thankful that our service learning vision has taken root and ideas are plentiful. By integrating service learning with our curriculum, serving others has become more a more natural and meaningful conversation. The joy of hearing our students engage in serving others and seeing the plan come together is seeing His Word come to life.” – Karla Jollie, Administrative Assistant
“I am thankful for God’s protection and comfort. No matter if we experience mountaintop victories or valleys of despair, God’s peace is sustaining and consistent.” – Ashley Sapp, College & Career Counselor
“I am so thankful for the 29 years I have been at WCCS and for the friends that have blessed me during that time! What a joy it is to work alongside of such wonderful Christian men and women!” – Caroline Forster, Explore Lab & Service Learning Coordinator
“I am thankful for eating.” – Charlie Humphries, 2nd Grade
“I am thankful for my family and sharks and my talent.” – Sam Pressley, 2nd Grade
“I am thankful God gave me…markers to draw with, my teacher, my bed, mama, daddy, grandma, grandpa, my toys, spiderman, cupcakes, God loves me.” – various answers from Nikki Cales 3K class
“I am thankful for my Lord God.” - Caleb Kinsler, K5
“I am thankful for my life.” - Bailey Metcalf, 1st Grade
“I am so thankful that God has given me a family and for our lives he gives us.” – Lidia Sula, 7th Grade
“I’m thankful for the teachers and faculty who support the school and its students.” – Anna Steiner, 8th Grade
“I am thankful for an awesome family and great friends.” - Sara Reid Baker, 9th Grade
“I am so thankful for the people God has put in my life. My family, friends, and teachers mean so much to me. I’m blessed to be surrounded by people who encourage me to grow.” - Neelie Bailey, 12th Grade
We hope you will take some time around the dinner table this week to reflect as a family on the many ways the Lord has blessed you and your loved ones. Here are a few conversation starters that we hope will help!
- Who in your life are you most thankful for?
- What is a memory that brings you joy?
- What is one specific way you have seen God move in your life this year?
- What is a prayer that has been answered recently?
- Why did God send his Son to us?
We would love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to comment and share your blessings with us.