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Freshmen Tyler Dartnell and
Parker English fill their backpacks with books to study for finals.

Freshmen Tyler Dartnell and Parker English fill their backpacks with books to study for finals.

Jordan Greene

Jordan Greene

Freshmen Tyler Dartnell and Parker English fill their backpacks with books to study for finals.

Jordan Greene, Staff Writer

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The flashcards are ready and the study guides are out.

With Thanksgiving in the past, talk of finals has spread throughout Carlmont.

Carlmont finals week is Dec. 16 to Dec. 21.

As students rush to boost their grades before the end of the semester, teachers hurry to finish instructing their material.

While many students around campus feel prepared to take on this stressful time of year, freshmen are left with little expectations going into their first high school finals.

“Honestly, I really don’t know what to expect besides a few things I’ve heard from past freshmen. Mostly I’m just nervous because I know that I will probably get stressed. Starting next week, I plan to start reviewing everything I’ve learned this semester to get a head start on studying to eliminate some of that stress,” said freshman Ethan Mayoss.

Other freshmen agree that studying early will help them be most successful in all of their classes.

Freshman Class Vice President Rachel.Amir Chatman said, “I expect finals to be really hectic. While I don’t necessarily feel that eighth grade prepared me with the proper skills needed to take so many big tests in one week, my teachers this year have been so supportive of me. I feel inspired by them to start reviewing for all my tests ahead of time in order to be the most successful.”

I expect finals to be really hectic”

— Rachel.Amir Chatman

However, while freshmen set goals to prepare for their tests ahead of time, many wonder if they will actually stick with their plans.

Allison Granet, a senior, said, “Going into my first set of finals, I had no expectations. I thought that I didn’t need to put as much effort into studying as I should have. Being a freshman, I also I don’t think that I really knew how to study. I would set unrealistic goals for myself and never accomplish them.”

While freshmen strive to take action early when it comes to preparing for finals, many believe that they should remember to explore different study methods and avoid setting goals they know they won’t achieve.

Granet said, “My advice to you would be to learn how to not procrastinate and ask a lot of questions in advance. I know for me, not asking questions causes me to do bad on tests. Work with your teachers and have them help you set achievable goals.”

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