How not to worry about the F word

The F word sends fear through most students. FINALS! So much to remember so much to learn in such a small amount of time. How will you ever do it It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few thing you can do so that finals become less stressful.

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Summer Brain Drain Activities

I am reposting this again as there are are some awesome summer learning  ideas. Additionally some of the other ideas you can do include:

Join the library summer reading Club.

Visit Historical or educational sites e.g. Fort Langley, Science World, McMillian space center and Steveston.

Tell some one what you have learned. Online Math and language games.

Below is the link to the blog – Enjoy summer :)

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The two main keys to learning math

Research has shown there are two things that make people good at math and they have nothing to with academic skill.

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Preparing For Finals

So there are about 3 weeks until your finals and school is out for the summer.

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Balancing Chemical Equations

This is one of the trickier topics that are needed for the BC grade 10 science course.
It is a counting game and needs you to make sure that there are the same number of each element (letter) on each side.

Here is a video to give you and idea on how it works.
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How to Study for a test

Sometimes pictures speak a 1000 words, so here is an infographic on the steps of reviewing for a test.

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Sucessful words

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you don’t understand a question, but then someone asks you it in a different way you understand it.

The words we use can influence what we do and how we feel about an idea or a topic, they have power.

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3 steps for successful test review

So you have a test coming up and you want to do well but you are not sure were to begin to prepare for your test.

Here are the 3 main steps for reviewing for your test

1. Plan

2. Read/write

3.  Practice

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When should you study and when you should you review?

What is the difference  between studying and reviewing/revising?

Here is how Collins American Dictionary (Study and Review) and British Dictionary (Revision) define the words.

study (ˈstʌdi Pronunciation for )



Word forms:   plural ˈstudies
  1. the act or process of applying the mind so as to acquire knowledge or understanding, as by reading, investigating, etc.
  2. careful attention to, and critical examination and investigation of, any subject, event, etc.

review (rɪˈvju Pronunciation for (for 10,) ˈriˈvju Pronunciation for )



  1.  a looking at or looking over again

           2.    the act or process of going over a lesson or subject again, as in study or recitation

revision (rɪˈvɪʒən Pronunciation for revision



  1. the act or process of revising
  2. (British) the process of rereading a subject or notes on it, esp in preparation for an examination

Study is the process of learning it is what you do every day when you go to class, research and do your homework.

Review or Revision is what you do when you are preparing for a test or exam.

For students it is a mindset when you study it implies that you have never seen information and it is new to you. Review implies that you have seen the information before and that you have at least a minimal understanding of the subject and that you want confirm and apply what you know.

By using the word review/revise you are telling yourself  that you already know the topic and you are polishing the information ready for the test.

Review inspires self-confidence so will improve your grade.


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Revision Tips

Welcome back to school! I hope that you a great Christmas

For High School semester students your finals and provincial exams are approaching, and now is the time to begin revising if you haven’t already done so. This can seem like a very daunting task. There is a lot of work to look over and understand, and knowing where to begin is also tricky.


Here area few tips for and hints that may help.

1. Write a study time table

Try to stick with it! This will help you to see how much time have to study. Put in all your normal activities – school, homework, volunteering, work. With the rest of the time mark 50 minute blocks with 5-10 minute breaks in between. Assign a subject to each block be specific and focus on one topic e.g. Chemistry – equilibrium or Math – test practice

There are some templates and examples on the internet. Here is a good guide

2.  Organize your notes

You should have a good set of notes and example from class the will be the basis of your revision. make sure your notes are in one place and in a logical order.

3. Focus on a single subject area

If you are scheduled to work on Trig. then focus only on that. Read your notes, make flash cards and new notes , try some problems.

4. Reward yourself

After you have focused on your subject for  50 min. Get up take a break, go for a quick walk, listen to your favourite song. Do something  completely different to studying. This will allow you to memorize what you have learned and relax before focusing on a different topic.

5. Don’t try to learn new information.

This may sound harsh but you are not going to be able to learn and  remember a lot of new concepts the week or day before your exam. Revision is for mastering and reinforcing a concept that you know. This knowledge and be used to give you full marks in that subject area.

Focusing on what you know gives you confidence and will help you to achieve the grade you want. Trying to learn new topics at short notice will take you down a pessimistic path and leave you anxious for your exam.


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