• Patterns of Human Experience Exams
    The heights by great men reached and kept

    Were not attained by sudden flight,

    But they, while their companions slept,

    Were toiling upward in the night.


    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    Here you will find information regarding your exams.  This includes resources to use to study as well as what materials to prepare.  This is not just a resource for English.  Try these strategies for all of your lessons!


     HOW do I study!?!
    The most important part of studying is CREATING connections for yourself.  It is NOT about memorization but seeing how things RELATE to one another. 
    To do that, think about your learning style.  Are you a visual learner?  Kinesthetic (movement) learner?  Auditory (hearing/listening) learner?  Tactile (using the hands) learner?
    Pen/Paper Process: (Works well for visual/tactile learners) 

    There"s nothing wrong with some straightforward pencil to paper studying.  In fact, I still say it"s the best way to guarantee you know the information.  Below are some things you may want to try!

    • With your study guide or notes in hand,  look for what you DO NOT know or are unsure of.
      • Mark it in some way, either with a circle or a star.
      • Take out notes on THOSE topics and review the information.
    • REWRITE the notes, create a graphic organizer, organize the material in some way.
    **The key is to be ACTIVE while studying,
    not just "looking over" the notes.**
    Ideas for how to be active/create connections between material:
    • Visual/Tactile Learner Ideas
      • Venn diagrams, t-charts, maps, timelines, picture summary, picture timeline,
      • Create icons/images for tough vocab words
      • LINCs cards
      • **The more images you create, the better**
    • Musicians/Poets (auditory learners)
      • Create a song/tune/rap connecting the ideas together in a way that makes sense.
      • Biography PoemsIf you like writing poetry and want to find a way to better remember the gods" characteristics, check out this activity.  You may want to try it just for those you are most unsure of; this should help sear the information in your brain!!
      • Auditory Learners:  Use Audacity or Garageband or just an old fashioned tape recorder to RECORD yourself saying the notes aloud.  Play them back and write notes while re-listening to yourself.
    • Relational Learners:  Connect ideas to people you know. 
      • Trying to remember who Pandora is?  Think of the most curious person you know and what s/he has opened/gotten into that has created destruction!  There"s your Pandora. 
      • What is arete?  Well, my sister, Shannan is excellent at fashion design.  Shannan = arete for me. 
      • Ate?  My friend Jen has moments of temporary insanity, like when she decided to fly to London just because.  Her boyfriend broke up with her because of it.  Jen = ate.
    • Computer/Tech learners:
      • Seek online resources to help you go over what you just did with your pencil and paper.  Use these to help, but do not rely on them as your sole method of preparation.
    AFTER all that:
    • Read over again and highlight information you are STILL unsure of.
    • REWRITE/draw those sections AGAIN.