EXAMS ARE APPROACHING – 6 study tips for success

If you are a high school student, then you should be well aware that there are only one and half weeks left to Semester One before exams start. While this is one of the busiest times of year, it is also one chalk full of opportunity as well. Here are five tips for a successful end to the semester.

1. WORK HARD ON YOUR LAST ASSIGNMENT: At this time, you should be completing your independent studies or major projects for your courses. Quite often, these assignments are worth big marks (often up to 20% of the final mark) so they are your last opportunity to shine in your classes. Also, if you have been struggling all semester, an independent study is a great way to bring your mark up.

2. ASK WHICH INCOMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS YOU CAN STILL COMPLETE: Then make sure you finish them. This may require that you stay after school or put some time in at lunch so you can talk to your teacher about what is required for each of the assignments. Remember, you are trying to bring your mark up so give these assignments your full attention.

3. ORGANIZE YOUR NOTES: This means that you tidy your locker; clean your room; go through all of your binders; collect work from your teachers; and collect papers from the far corners of the earth where you left them. Then, use the dates to organize the notes in chronological order and compare your binder notes with one or two friends. If you are missing something, then copy a friend’s note.

4. COLLECT ALL OF YOUR PAST WRITING INTO A FILE: Find all of your longer writing pieces from English, Social Studies, Science etc. and put them into a file. These will be essays, reports, journals, articles, stories, and poems. If you like to write on your own, then add your personal journals, stories, poems and other ideas to the file. Then, read, read, READ. As you read your work over, think about the ideas, and how you might use them for examples on an exam question. They will be particularly handy for the composition question on English exams.

5. TIMED PRACTICE: Create practice questions from your notes and old exams, and then solve the questions within a specific time limit. If you can’t figure out the answer within that time period, then you know you should look over those notes again. Don’t forget to give yourself timed writings, as well. You can make up your own writing prompts or find some online. Then, give yourself a time limit of ten, twenty, thirty and sixty minutes for your writing. The longer the time limit, the longer your writing should be. Remember, the composition and essay questions on an English exam should be five or more well developed paragraphs.

6. STUDY KEY VOCABULARY, TERMS, DEFINITIONS: Not only should you look over the key vocabulary for specific courses but you should also review what signal words mean. For example, what should you do if an exam question asks you to contrast? Illustrate? Define?

About Our School

Curious and discerning readers of our website may have noticed that we don’t have anything written in “About Our School”. If you have interesting stories about attending NESS or about the history of NESS, please comment on this post. I will make sure to add your stories to the “About Our School” page, along with your name.

English Course Selections Flow Chart

Secondary English Prerequisites

Deciding which route you will take through secondary school is often confusing and difficult. It helps if you know what you want to do after secondary school. If you know for sure that you want to go to college, then taking Communicatons 11 and 12 in your senior years is a good decision, however, students should always double check what English prerequisites their college needs.


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Arts and Culture Week at NESS

Mr. Gary Davis opens the feast.

Students, staff and teachers have pulled together at NESS this year to work on two big projects to celebrate art and culture.

Ms. Allain’s art classes are creating a mural from shoe impressions taken of all students, staff and community elders, while Ms. Swinn’s writing class is producing an anthology of student writing (SOUL IMPRESSIONS) following the theme of “journey”.  If you haven’t had a chance to step on a piece of clay, then mosey on down to the art room. And while you’re at it, stop by room 309 to share your journey with Ms. Swinn and the writing class. They are looking for submissions of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The deadline is May 31st.

Kicking off the projects, was an enthusiastic and tasty feast/coffee house. Students invited elders from all of the Nass Valley communities, and cooked a traditional feast for them. Many thanks to the students and teachers for their efforts. The feast was appreciated by everyone. Following the feast, was a coffee house in which students from kindergarten to grade 12 took part. Singing, poetry reading, and rapping filled the gym and the halls, and everyone had a great time. Talent at NESS is flourishing! Keep your ears tuned for another coffee house in June. We will be celebrating the culmination of our Arts and Culture Week projects. (More photos attached below.)

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To Google Doc or To Not Google Doc?


What is Google Doc and why would you want to “doc”, let alone “google”? For people not familiar with computers, the advantages of googling may be a mystery. Creating a google account will provide you with the opportunity to not only email your friends and surf the net, but to also save your work online and collaborate with other students and Continue reading