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With the AP World History test on Thursday, some students are scrambling to get as much last minute information as possible. So close to testing, now is the perfect time to go back and review your notes and practice the skills you’ve learned so far.
Ways to Study:
Take Practice Test Practice tests are a good way to test all the knowledge accumulated throughout the course thus far. Practice tests can be found online and in your Kaplan book. Before taking a practice test you should do a quick review session so you will have some information fresh in your mind. After the test, check to see which questions you got wrong and ways to improve your score.
Make Flashcards Flashcards are a great way to get some extra practice or learn something new. Flashcards can help with time periods, specific dates or important people.
Review Your Notes Some students are just old-fashioned and would rather look in their notebooks then search the web for ways to study. Spread out your study time and make some flashcards to help you.
Study With a Friend Studying with a friend is a great way to exchange knowledge and learn things that you may not have known. You can share your methods for studying as well as other ways to practice. Also, with a friend around, they’ll be able to motivate you and keep you focused. After you’re finished, you can take a break and relax.
These methods are all great individually but when combined they can become even more effective. An example would be meeting up with a friend and quizzing each other with flash cards as a quiz. Students may be rushing to get some last minute study time in now but that is certainly something you do not want to do on a test, not unless absolutely necessary. Read each question and carefully pick an answer. Also equally divide the time for your writing as you do not want to spend more time on one essay than on the other ones. Ms. Koch, our lead teacher, has said that the AP test all together is three hours. It’s a marathon, not a race. Pace yourself!
As testing gets closer and closer, both students and teachers alike are starting to feel the pressure. At schools throughout the county, you can hear the sigh of relief let out by all students after testing season. Many students would agree that the end of the year, more specifically after testing, is the best time of the year. Once testing is finished, most students expect to just watch movies and eat popcorn. Yet here at MAST@FIU, there is still work to be done in preparation for next year. There will still be homework and tests but the workload will be lessened.
As the month of May approaches, we’re getting closer and closer to finalizing our freshman year and commencing our next year as sophomores. We are all wondering: What classes will we be taking next year?
The parents of the upcoming 9th and 10th graders, along with the future MAST@FIU students gathered in FIU’s ballroom to be informed about their child/children’s future. Dr. Elizabeth Bejar, FIU’s Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, gave a mini speech on the new program that initiated and talked about how it has come a long way from where it has first started. Our first student body president, Saad Masud, introduced the program to all the parents and students and gave them a little taste of what MAST@FIU has to offer.
On April 7, 2014, none other than Mayim Balik visited FIU, the actress that plays Amy on the CBS hit show, “The Big Bang Theory”. With her creative spunk and genuine stories she captured the crowd, leaving rounds of laughter to be heard from every angle. She even got a couple of MAST@FIU students and teachers sitting at the edge of their chairs enchanted by some of her words.
With only a few short days left until the FCAT, students are going crazy trying to mentally and physically prepare themselves for what’s expected to be on this huge state test. To prepare himself for the FCAT Saad Masud said “A few days before he’ll review some reading strategies and relax on the day before the test.” As well as the students, teachers are nervous too.
The Marine Echoes news team was given the opportunity to listen to a presentation given to by Ms. Lorna Veraldi on Journalism and The First Amendment. The presentation took place on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 in the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus Library. The presentation was about an hour and a half long, with Ms. Veraldi giving the students an insight of her childhood along, with an explanation of several cases involving the First Amendment. Many students said the presentation was really interesting, with one of the Marine Echoes staff writers, D’Marco Mitchell, describing the presentation as, “Intriguing, and impressed at how she merged her childhood stories of her sister along with the First Amendment.” All in all, the Journalism class would like to thank Ms. Veraldi for giving us a great presentation.
Early in life, we all have milestones that mark our accomplishments: our first laugh, our first words, and our first step. These early “firsts” seem to come naturally, with the support of loved ones who surround us and are thrilled to watch them happen. As we grow older, we continue to master tasks: learning to tie shoes, ride a bike, and drive a car. These accomplishments are increasingly more sophisticated and as we set out to accomplish them, we still benefit from the support of loved ones who help to guide us and cheer us on.