Exam week can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Teachers hurry to finish preparing and marking exams, while students stress over the amount of studying they have to do and hope for the best.
Many ask themselves, "How can I make my experience with exams easier?" Well, everyone hopes the answer is the new exam schedule. As many of us know, final exams will be taking place over a period of five days as usual. This year, however, students will not have to worry about writing two exams on the same day or having two at the same time, since each day of exams represents a different period in the school day. For example, if you have Math in first period, then your Math exam will be on the first day of exams. If you have Religion in period two, then your Religion exam will be on the second day, and so on.
There's one question we must ask ourselves: How will this benefit us, the students?
I have spoken to many students about this change and we can all agree on one thing: having our exams separate and scheduled in the order that we study them at school will make our lives much easier and better our chances of achieving great grades. One exam per day means that we can focus on one subject at a time and not get confused with information from other classes. Writing these exams according to the order of our timetable also allows us to follow our regular daily routine.
Although the new exam schedule means teachers will have to put in much more work than in the past because they will be creating more than one exam per subject, they can also agree that it will be better for the students.
In the past, many students at STM were concerned that they could not handle the pressure of two exams in one day. Now, all of us will be given a better chance to succeed! All signs point to these exam changes contributing to our academic excellence. Good luck to all students writing exams in a couple of months!