High school students in New York know that the arrival of Spring means it’s time to start preparing for their end of the year Regents exams. Regents exams are benchmarks in the major subject areas and are required for students to pass. Students can succeed on these exams by taking advantage of their time and resources before the exam dates in June.
These exams cover all the material students learned throughout the year, so leaving it to the last minute will not work. It’s best to start preparing today.
PRACTICE ON OLD TESTS
Practicing on older exams shows students the types of questions that will be on their upcoming test and helps them discover knowledge gaps they may have. Exams are available online, through online learning programs, and through teachers. Seek out the exams and prepare for them by studying the material learned all year and take the exams in similar settings as during the actual test.
STUDY AND REVIEW
June will be here before you know it, so start reviewing material covered earlier in the school year now. Students should set aside time every day to study and refresh. This will allow them to discover concepts or material they may need some extra help with and have the time to seek out the help they need. On the flipside, they will also discover which material they mastered and don’t need to spend as much time reviewing it.
Many teachers offer Regents review sessions during lunch periods or after/before school. Students should take advantage of these sessions as they are opportunities to discuss specific problem areas with the teacher. If students have been studying and reviewing on their own, they can enter the sessions ready to focus on the areas they need the most help in mastering.
Other options for students are outside study and learning centers or online study programs. These are also opportunities to gain extra instruction and help with concepts and material they need to improve on to succeed on the exams.
The Regents are a rite of passage for New York students. They require students to be prepared. The best way to do that is to start early, study often, and seek out ways to gain extra help.