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Academic Updates

Academic Insights of the New Year

By: Manav Ghosh

          Welcome back to the monthly academic updates, during the last marking period, many students have made changes in their academic performance. Now that students are more comfortable with the transition and the new school, it’s easier to do the work given by teachers. However, a few students still have difficulties keeping their grades up. 

To start, Lex, a sophomore student has felt good about her performance in the second marking period. She stated, “My average was really good this marking period and all of them were above 90. I'm incredibly proud of my academic performance and achievements during this marking period. It feels rewarding to see my hard work pay off, and I'm excited about the progress I've made. The sense of accomplishment motivates me to continue pushing myself in my studies. I’ve also been recently more invested in the school community.” I believe that it is important to do more than simply get good grades, like being invested in the school community as it helps Lex to feel more confident in her achievements.

With accomplishments, there were also some challenges that we students faced. Alaynah, a freshman, stated, “I feel like the biggest challenge I faced during this marking period was managing my sleep schedule with the workload of homework and studying that I had to do. I was staying up till indecent hours working on homework because I am a big procrastinator, this was affecting me a lot because I was barely getting sleep and I would have no energy during school hours. I overcame this challenge by being more organized, setting a specific time for me to start work, and timing it out so that I would finish at a decent time.” Most of the time, we can see our own mistakes, and fix them. Sometimes, it takes another viewpoint to implement an effective management system. 

Test, Stress, and Grades

By: Selim Albakry

As the marking period approaches its end, we reached out to students to capture their varied sentiments surrounding this pivotal time in the academic calendar. Freshman student, Marcus Penaherrara, stated, “This marking period has been a journey of growth for me. I dedicated more energy and time to studying more thoroughly, and making sure that I am fully prepared for the many tests we have to take.” When asked why he has made this shift, he said, “I learned a lot from the first quarter. I learned that I can't take shortcuts or the easy way out of anything I do. Because time and time again this laziness led me to not maintain the grades I wished to maintain.” Finally when Marcus was asked how he deals with such a stressful time of year, he expressed that “. However, it seems like the stress is unbearable at these times, I manage to deal with it by manipulating and managing my time in a way where I am not fixated on only academic-related things. My time management skills have taught me to give myself some time to do things I enjoy, which ultimately leads to less stress and better grades for me!” Additionally, another freshman, Manav Ghosh, was asked how he deals with the stress of midterms. He responded by saying that “It’s been a roller coaster. Juggling multiple subjects and extracurriculars was tough. But overall, I’m pleased by my academic progress and grades so far!” It is clear that, although this is a demanding time of year, students have been able to grow from their mistakes and find a way to deal with the stress that this season brings successfully.

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