I have two sons. One is in college on semester break and he took his finals before the break. My other son is in high school and is taking final exams next week, two weeks after winter break. I don't understand why some high schools, like his, have students take exams after the winter break. It seems to me to make so much more sense to have the students take their exams before the winter break. I know the administration can figure out how to make this happen by adjusting the semester and vacation schedules and still get in the 180 days of required instruction. Why they haven't done this is a mystery to me. Perhaps they should take a poll of parents and students and get some feedback? I'll bet the majority would be in favor of the exam schedule shifting back before the winter break.
Whether that happens or not, students still need to study for final exams if they want to pass them.
My advice to all teens (and adults!) studying for finals is:
"Take lots of breaks. Get up often and stretch, hydrate, walk around, get some exercise. Don't try to sit for hours at a time. Eat well. Sleep."
My post below is from a guest blogger with advice about taking breaks from homework and studying.
3. Help prepare dinner: Cooking is fun. It’s also educational, because it reinforces subjects learned in school, including reading, math, and science. Children can even learn about world culture through cooking. If their interested, let your kids take a break from homework to help you prepare an easy meal for dinner. If they aren’t attracted to the idea of cooking, ask them to set the table instead, and before they go back to finishing their homework, make sure they do at least one thing to help clean up. Although this is technically a chore, it’s still a break from homework. Most importantly, it’s practical training for adult life.
4. Work on a craft project: If your child is interested in arts and crafts, help them start a long-term project that they can work on during a homework break. Example projects include scrapbooking, creating homemade holiday decorations, making homemade toys or friendship bracelets, and more. More project ideas can be found at such resourceful websites as MarthaStewart.com, Pinterest.com, and HobbyLobby.com. This is a fun break idea that that can keep kids busy for hours. Of course, you want them to finish their work and get to bed on time, so be sure they understand that the project should only be worked on for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. To make things easier, set up a workspace in the garage or playroom, and make sure you provide appropriate supervision.
5. Go run an errand: If your child is of driving age, their homework break could be an opportunity to help you finish your to-do list. Give them 30 minutes to drive and pick up the family’s dry cleaning or a few groceries. This is another homework break that also does double duty as a chore and life skills training.