APs, IBs, Finals — Oh My!

The end of the school year is near. Seniors are making those final choices of where they will attend school next year, while other students are planning classes for next year and making plans for the summer. Teachers are preparing finals and figuring out how to get that last material taught, and students are preparing for AP exams, IB assessments, and finals all at the same time. Needless to say, there is a bit of stress wafting through the hallways at Fairmont Prep. How can families help students not only get through this stressful time but also help their children succeed? Let us offer a handful of suggestions.

  1. Ensure that the student is getting a good and healthy amount of sleep. Try not to let him or her stay up until 2:00 am with the plans of rising again at 4:00 am. Encourage your student to go to bed at a reasonable time and stay away from electronics that may ring and beep throughout the evening.
  2. Help your student eat well. Have the kitchen stocked with fruits and vegetables and healthy things to snack on. Take out the energy drinks and high-sugar sodas, and replace with them balanced juices and the like. Help prepare a good dinner and breakfast for your child.
  3. Check on your student’s grades. Use MyBackpack to take a glance at his or her grades to see where your child may need a little extra help. Encourage the student to use the tools at Fairmont Prep, such as our free tutoring and enrichment program, Prep Plus. Have your child talk to his or her teachers to identify areas that could use some review. See if there may be some missing assignments that he or she might be able to turn in.
  4. Allow the student to take a break. Studying for hours on end is tedious and boring. Encourage your child to get outside and take a walk or to have a snack. A little break can refresh your student and provide new insight into his or her schoolwork.
  5. Encourage your student to study in a group. First off, the social interaction can be good for his or her mental health. Secondly, not everyone understands concepts in the same way. Hearing something taught from another point of view can be very useful.
  6. Realize that everything will be OK in the end. While it may seem that an AP test is the most important thing in the world, trust that it is not. There are plenty of ways for a student to showcase his or her knowledge in a subject area. Students should simply do their best — taking away the pressure often makes it easier for a student to succeed.
  7. Spend time together as a family. Those moments in which your child is at home may be fleeting. Take the time to enjoy a meal as a family and catch up on everything going on.

Above all, support each other. It can be stressful trying to do well in all of these courses and take additional tests on top of that. But with a little extra support and love, the students will do well, and parents can also breathe a little more easily.

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”