A Virtual Holiday Gathering

Reconnect with old classmates and share some high school memories with friends at our virtual holiday gathering! All DePaul Cristo Rey alumni are welcome to join us via Zoom on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

Don't miss out on games and prizes, more information to come.

How to Study for Finals
1. Make a finals game plan.
If you plan out your study sessions (for ALL your exams), you’ll get a better handle on how much work you’re facing. Use the calendar on your phone to set alerts and reminders for yourself so you stick to your plan.
2. Start early.
Start studying for finals a few weeks before the first exam, and figure out how much time to set aside each day for each subject. Be realistic about how long it will take to, say, memorize the dates for all the Civil War battles. You need to fit in brain breaks, too!
3. Study in this order: a) definitely b) probably c) might be on the final
Don’t just start from the beginning of your notes and try to cram everything in: Think about what you know for sure will be on each test and review that material first. Then move on to studying what will probably be on the test, then what might be covered. That way, if you run out of time, you know you at least have the basics nailed. Ask your teachers if they’ll share copies of previous finals so you can see what might be covered or how questions will be phrased.
4. Give yourself more time to study for your toughest classes.
If chemistry gave you trouble all semester, devote more time to that subject – even if it’s your last final. Look over your previous tests for the year, if you scored poorly on one unit in Spanish, chances are you didn’t absorb it all the first time. Take extra time now to review what you missed. By starting with the toughest stuff first, you have time to ask your teacher questions or get help from tutors.

5. Form a study group.
There’s nothing like peer pressure to keep you motivated to study. Make a plan with friends to review the class material, compare notes, or work through tricky concepts. You'll benefit from the good study habits and notes of the other members in your study group. if you’re trying to solve a tough math problem, two heads are better than one.
6. Talk it out.
Not only is it more fun to study with your friends than studying by yourself, you’ll also learn more. By talking through the facts and formulas with a study partner, you’re thinking about the material more deeply, which means you’ll remember it better later.
7. Get creative with study aids.
Now that you know what key concepts from each subject you need to prioritize, find the best way to review and internalize what you predict will be on the final exam. Make flash cards to help you memorize dates and equations. Or come up with a mnemonic device – a system of memorizing facts using a phrase or acronym you’ll definitely remember. For example, using the name Roy G. Biv helps to remember the order of colors in a rainbow.
8. Study your notes.
Outline your class notes for daily review. Notes and flashcards are also great for last-minute review the morning of your exam.
9. Quiz yourself.
If you’re studying at home, have your mom or dad quiz you on the information you’ve already studied. Students tend to remember the information they've been quizzed on better than the information they simply review.
10. Make sleep a priority.
While it may be tempting to pull an all-nighter and cram everything in at the last minute, it’s a bad idea. You just add stress, and you won’t retain the information for very long by studying that way. You may even forget some of it by the time the test begins.
11. Take five.
Take breaks to improve your concentration when you return to studying: Veg out with an episode of your favorite TV show or play a couple rounds of Wii tennis.
12. Brain food is real.
Eat healthy and drink plenty of water to keep your brain firing on all cylinders.

Adapted from Princeton Review

A Request from Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School
Students at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School are serving as young Business Consultants with the objective to make recommendations to companies as to how to diversify their talent pipeline. The students have prepared a survey to collect meaningful data from Cristo Rey alumni across the United States. They will analyze the responses and then make strategic recommendations to the companies that partner with Cristo Rey through the Corporate Work Study Program. Please complete the survey copied below to assist these young consultants in their efforts! The survey is anonymous.

Spring Microgrants Now Available

The Graduate Success Fund microgrant application is open for spring 2021. The application can be found on DPCR's website under the Alumni tab.

Contact Mrs. Wright for more information - larisa.wright@dpcr.net

Don't Forget to Create Your Profile

The Cristo Rey Network national office, based in Chicago, is embarking on the movement’s first National Alumni Association to connect, engage and mobilize over 18,000 alumni nationwide. They've launched an online portal, where Cristo Rey graduates will have the opportunity to:
  1. access career development and job placement opportunities at Corporate Partners
  2. build community at regional events, and
  3. engage in peer-to-peer mentorship opportunities.
You can create your profile on the portal at cristoreyalumni.org. If you have questions, please contact Jessie Fenton at info@cristoreyalumni.org.

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