End of term exams can add to a students stress level, over and above the reality of the daily struggle of being a young adult.
Curtis LaPierre, Principal of Drumheller Valley Secondary School explains, "When it comes to provincial exams, provincial achievement tests or diploma examinations, we see stress levels come up reasonably high, just in regards to the fact that they tend to be very high stake exams."
Students have a specific time frame to get the exam finished according to Alberta Education. This year it is different. Students now have an extended time limit to finish their exams and can be somewhat relieved.
"We used to have to take exams away from kids at the end of three hours," says LaPierre, "Now the Alberta Education has allowed up to six hours to write a diploma exam, which of course then strips away that time stress."
When asked how D.V.S.S. goes about educating their students dealing with the stress of end of term exams, Principal LaPierre answered, "I have power points put together where teachers present on Monday mornings, two to three weeks before exams, how to prepare for exams, how to manage stress and how to manage exam anxiety."
Students will go through this stress throughout their education and beyond, furthering their education in college and University. It is important they carry these tips into their future.