JANUARY 2018

Important Dates for the Month of January:

  • January 4 – Classes Resume
  • January 15 – No Classes–Martin Luther King Day
  • January 23 – The Chris Herren Story, 7 PM in Heffernan Hall

Monthly Study Tip: Take the Practice Test

Many students are familiar with “the” practice tests to beat all practice tests, for events like the ACT or SAT exams. For other tests such as midterms and final examinations, some college professors and high school teachers will make old exams available as practice tests, allowing students to get a sense of the instructor’s testing style and a become familiar with how the information might be presented on the real test day. A study in Science magazine showed students who tested themselves with a practice test after learning the material retained 50% more of the information a week later than their peers who did not take a practice test. It can’t hurt to add a little practice testing to your study routine. (thebestcolleges.org)

DECEMBER 2017

Important Dates for the Month of December:

  • December 2 – SAT at CBHS
  • December 9 – ACT at CBHS
  • December 9 – High School Placement Test (HSPT) for Incoming Freshmen
  • December 13 – Last day of 2nd Quarter
  • December 14 – First day of Exams
  • December 19 – Last day of Exams end
  • December 20 – Christmas Break begins

Monthly Study Tip: Stop Multitasking

You may think you’re killing two birds with one stone by texting or instant messaging while studying, but really you’re just letting those distractions get the best of you with those poor study habits. A University of Connecticut study in 2015 called a spade a spade, and showed multitasking for what it really is: an extender of your study time and detrimental to your grades. Similar studies by comparable colleges and universities confirm that succumbing to multitasking while studying is merely a waste of time. (thebestcolleges.org)

NOVEMBER 2017

Important Dates for the Month of November

  • November 4 – SAT at CBHS
  • November 7 – Open House (5th-8th grade boys)
  • November 8 – Midpoint of 2nd Quarter
  • November 15 – Early Application Deadline (incoming Freshmen)
  • November 22 – Thanksgiving Break Begins

Monthly Study Tip: Thwart the “curve of forgetting”

Scientists started exploring this unique psychological phenomenon in 1885, though it remains an important factor to consider when studying, even today. Essentially, the story goes that the first time you hear a lecture or study something new, you have the best chance of retaining up to 80% of what you’ve just learned if you review the material again within 24 hours. And — bonus — this has a cumulative effect, so after a week, you’ll have the ability to retain 100% of the same information after only five minutes of review. Generally, psychologists agree that this type of interval studying — and not cramming — is best. Experts advise students to optimize study time by placing it closer to the day you learned the material than to the day of the test. This means if you learn something on Monday and the quiz is the following Monday, you should begin studying no later than Wednesday. (thebestcolleges.org)