This week and last, Upper School Learning Specialist Consultant David May led workshops for our seventh and eighth graders as they prepare for their upcoming comprehensive exams. In the first, Mr. May outlined three areas of the brain that students rely on when studying: the hippocampus for memory and learning; the prefrontal cortex for organization and time management; and the amygdala for emotion and stress. He offered insights into each of these brain regions, as well as strategies for how to best study, plan for, and cope with exams.
Today, he offered additional strategies, discussing the details of each subject area, and how various organizational strategies and study techniques are best suited for particular academic subjects, as well as specific strategies aimed at managing emotions often associated with exams.
The boys actively participated in the discussions, eager to employ what they learned. They will now practice these strategies so that they can approach exam days confident and with diminished stress.