Students use different tactics for studying


Allison Hillebrand

Freshman Ashley Vilaysing finishes her math homework in GPS.

Many people take core classes and have to take several quizzes and tests and in order to pass with a good grade, they need to study for them.

While many people wait until the night before to study for a test, junior Emily McGuire tries to start studying earlier. She makes sure to spend anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour on the material, but she makes sure to not overwork herself.

“I try to take breaks and reward myself when studying,” McGuire said.

Senior Esperanza Palmer said she studies right before the test or quiz so it is fresh in her mind.

Counselor Sherri Matlock said that even keeping a calendar and writing stuff down can help grades go up.

Junior Gabriela Arthur also waits to start studying the night before and takes advantage of her seminar time. Arthur studies using Quizlets or partners.

“I have someone else ask me the study questions and I answer them,” Arthur said.

Arthur said she works best in an environment without distractions, sometimes with some instrumental music to help her focus.

“If I’m trying to remember a vocab word, my sister and I come up with the most ridiculous stories that help me remember the word,” junior Gabriela Arthur said. “One example is impetuous, it was in the Hasty Cluster and means spur of the moment.

“So, we came up with the idea of imPETuous, where you bought a pet hastily on the spur of the moment and now you don’t know what to do with it.”