High school evaluations at the end of January have students stressed
By Ellie Parker
Special to The Guardian
Exam time: The most loathed time of the year for people in my shoes, high schoolers.
In each class it’s different. Some teachers give you small exams after each unit, that way you have four smaller exams based just on one unit instead of one big exam at the end with everything put on it. Some teachers choose to do final projects or presentations, whilst the others just give one big exam at the end of the semester on everything you’ve learned.
Now I personally have an exam in chemistry which is based off of everything we’ve learned and a group project/presentation about some type of panel discussion. But exam time is stressful on people my age. I may only have one exam and a presentation, but some people have four big exams, which means four times the studying.
It’s hard on us because we work studying around our jobs, sports and other commitments we have going on in our lives. Even if we study day in and day out, some still fail or don’t get the mark they wanted and that’s hard. Depending on how you are doing in that class, you could fail the entire class or it could drop your mark by a decent amount and it could end up a mark you never wanted a college or university to see because it determines how they look at you.
That’s what exam time means to a lot of people in high school — it’s a make or break in class. Marks dictate basically if you’re going to actually get into the university or college you want or not and so you try and try to do your best and even then, sometimes your best just doesn’t pay off. You end up putting that on yourself because you believe you could have done even better than you actually did. Right after exams are done, you think you catch a break. But, no, you are thrown into another semester of difficult subjects once again and the cycle continues year after year until you graduate.
Growing up you never fully realize just how difficult high school can be. The younger you are the more fun you have in school. But as you go through the years it becomes harder and you find yourself more tired than you used to be when you were young. You start to see more work placed in front of you but no kind of work they give you in elementary or junior high can prepare you for high school or exams.
High school, it’s a whole new world. You either accept it and find a way through or you sink. It’s honestly that simple because if you think that’s bad, wait until you graduate.
Ellie Parker is a Grade 11 student at Bluefield High School completing a co-op placement at The Guardian.