End of Grading Period Stress

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End of Grading Period Stress

This is what everyone’s brains look like at the end of the grading period. (https://rescue-one.com/is-stress-killing-you-if-youre-living-with-chronic-stress-it-could-be/)

This is what everyone’s brains look like at the end of the grading period. (https://rescue-one.com/is-stress-killing-you-if-youre-living-with-chronic-stress-it-could-be/)

This is what everyone’s brains look like at the end of the grading period. (https://rescue-one.com/is-stress-killing-you-if-youre-living-with-chronic-stress-it-could-be/)

This is what everyone’s brains look like at the end of the grading period. (https://rescue-one.com/is-stress-killing-you-if-youre-living-with-chronic-stress-it-could-be/)

Joshua Brookes, Staff Writer

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With the grading period just ending, many students were stressing about getting their late work in or that last test grade to bring them up a letter grade or secure their current grade.  With the first grading period not meaning as much as the second grading period because the second grading period is crunch time, students still want to feel secure with their grades.

As many students are well-aware of, if the final grade for both grading periods is an A, then on the mid-term one would only have to get C to keep their A.  And, no matter what the student may get on the mid-term, they will either have an A or a B.  With this in mind, keeping good grades is a good decision.

Not only that but many students have parents that financially praise their children for getting good grades; others will receive a gift from their parents in the form of something expensive.  For those of you like me, however, all you receive is where you want to eat out for dinner that weekend.

Some teachers refrain from putting grades in for weeks and that makes students very stressed because they are unaware of their grade.  Senior Brandon Ottaviano complained that “it was stressful because some of my teachers had no grades from the last month, so I didn’t know that I had makeup work to do until it was almost too late.”

Almost all students stress over that last test they have before the grading period ends.  Many teachers are big fans of those tests because it allows the students who need that little boost of their grade the opportunity to acquire it.  For the students who are already secure with their grade, it adds unwanted stress to the mix of the already overly stressful school year.  As a student I have a love-hate relationship with those tests because they’re good for helping bump the grade up a bit, but they’re bad if the previous test already bumped up my grade and this one might bump it back down.

Senior Connor Wells said, “It was rough; Mr. Spennato was out here trying to give me a B, but I was not having it.”  This is many of our students’ ideas on teachers towards the end of the grading period.  We always think that teachers are trying to make us bump down a letter grade, but in fact they’re sometimes just trying to help another student bump up their letter grade.

Because the end of the grading period is so stressful, often times students need to take mental health days just to be able to mentally prepare for a big test or project.  Studying tends to be the most important thing with social life on the back burner when crunch time comes in.  No matter how stressful the end of the grading period is, it’s so relieving to get the grades you worked so hard to get and it’s equally as demoralizing when that one grade you wanted to go up doesn’t go up.  But there’s always next grading period to bring it back up.

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