We have all heard the phrase, “the hard part is over” but one look at the Bagrut schedule and we can see that we are not quite finished yet. The good news is that for most students some of the more difficult subjects such as math and chemistry are in the past. Students is these and other subjects can now breathe a sigh of relief. We must however remember that there are still several exams coming over the next few weeks. Lashon, Tanakh, and physics just to name a few are rapidly approaching.
So, how can we make sure that our students finish the year off strong? In professional sports, there are often teams that jump off to fast starts but lose stamina along the way. Most cynics would probably tell you that the Orioles will not finish the year in first place. Time will tell with MLB, but the concept also applies to academics. There have been several challenging tasks, but we have a bit more to go before we can kick back and relax.
Here are some tips for staying on the top of your game for the second half:
Don’t get too confident:
It is easy to become over confident and not spend as much time preparing for the second half exams. In fact, statistics show that Bagrut scores from the second half of the summer are generally lower than the first half. Yes, chemistry is done, but math biology is coming quick. Even the best students need to spend some serious prep time when it comes to the Bagrut. So, while preparation is important, remember that we are not finished yet.
It’s OK to Ask for Help:
Often, students do not seek help until it is too late. While asking for assistance is always a good idea, it will be a lot more useful if you ask earlier. Tomorrow’s Genius teachers have received several requests from students the night before a Bagrut. These requests usually begin with, “I don’t know anything. Help me!” While we are happy to provide any help that we can, the reality is that waiting until the last minute just does not work. Studying for the upcoming exams may involve some regularly scheduled help with a tutor, or just occasional help from a knowledgeable teacher. There is no shame in seeking help! Tomorrow’s Genius and other providers offer several options for Bagrut prep. Take advantage and maximize your prep time.
The Web Is Not Just for Shopping…
This tip may seem obvious, but it is amazing how many times, Tomorrow’s Genius has received requests for help from students, who just didn’t know what was already available. Ask any teen and he or she can tell you where to find movie time, sales, music/video downloads, sports scores, etc. Ask any teen to show you where you can find useful Bagrut resources and study aids and the results will be very different. The Internet contains so many resources for studying and preparing for all of the Bagruyot. Take advantage of these resources, which by the way are almost all free. Tomorrow’s Genius has created an online “Bagrut Central” guide which features all sorts of useful links for Bagrut prep.
Summer is almost here, but there is still some more work to be done. Finish strong and get the most out of your available resources. In most cases the answers are available, but it may take some work to find them.