Post-Three Day Weekend

Hi all,
I hope everyone had a fantastic three day weekend and aren't frantically doing all of their work tonight (you people know who you are).

A few things this coming week:

  • This Monday, after 10th period, is the Boys' Swimming and Diving Team tryouts.
  • This Tuesday, November 15th is a homeroom day!
  • On November 15th, senior homerooms 7A, B, C, D, E, F, G & H are scheduled to take their homeroom photos for the yearbook so make sure to show up!

Have a great week! 

Big Sib Chairs

Posted on November 13, 2016 .

Election Week

Hey all,

I hope everyone who went enjoyed the Pep Rally on Friday and are looking forward to have this as an annual event for the rest of their years in Stuy.

As many of you already know, this week is the week of Election Day, which is on Tuesday, November 8th. Because of this, we won't be having school on Tuesday. Friday is Veteran's Day so we won't have school then either. Enjoy your days off and have a great three day week!

Big Sib Chairs

Posted on November 6, 2016 .

School Spirit

Hey all!

I hope everyone had a good time at PTC and are all on the right track to succeed (if you need any help at all, feel free to ask your Big Sibs and submit a question through the Big Sib Guru!).

Today was Stuyloween and we saw so many amazing costumes today! From cute onesies to creepy masks to full on amazing costumes, we were so impressed by the Halloween spirit. For all of you that didn't dress up, don't worry! You have a whole year to plan next year's outfit and be absolutely amazing!

Speaking of spirit, Stuyvesant's HOMECOMING football game is this Friday at Pier 40. Before the game, however, there will be a pep rally held in the 3rd Floor gymnasium from 4-5:30. There will be performances by members of Stuy Hip Hop, the Cheer team, and other entertainment. It's gonna be a great time so make sure to come and show some school spirit!!

Have a great week!

Posted on October 31, 2016 .

One marking period down!

WAHOO! One marking period down, five more to go this year!! Congrats on making it through your first couple of months at Stuy! We know, it's been rocky, but you made it :)

That being said we have ANOTHER funky week this week:

On WEDNESDAY (not Tuesday!) we have homeroom. You will be receivign your first Stuy report card! EXCITING!! Remember, this is actually just a progress report. First parking period is graded on the E, S, N, U scale. E means "Excellent", S means "Satisfactory", N means "Needs Improvement", and U means "Unsatisfactory". These grades DO NOT show up on your official transcript (they're not seen by colleges). They are just a way for you, your parents, and your teachers to gage how you are performing in each class, so don't stress too much about them. If you have any questions about your grades, ask your Big Sibs to help you better understand them or direct you to speak with your teacher if anything seems very off. Teachers are very understanding and will explain how they calculated your grade.

Note: Your out to lunch privileges will be revoked if you receive 2 N's or 1 U.

There will be parent teacher conferences this week on Thursday and Friday. The PTC's on Thursday will take place from 5:30pm to 8pm. We will have a half day on Friday. The schedule will look like this:

Period 1 - 8:15-8:35
Period 2 - 8:39-8:59
Period 3 - 9:03-9:23
Period 4 - 9:27-9:47
Period 5 - 9:51-10:11
Period 6 - 10:15-10:35
Period 7 - 10:39-10:59
Period 8 - 11:03-11:23
Period 9 - 11:27-11:47
Period 10 - 11:51-12:11
Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Have a great week. Good luck on your report cards! 

Posted on October 23, 2016 .

3 DAY WEEK (again)

Hey all, 

I hope everyone who came out to the Big Sib Little Sib Dance had a wonderful time, because we sure did! We're glad to have seen that the first big dance of the year went so smoothly and we're especially happy that for many of you, this is your first ever big event. Photos will be posted soon.

Tomorrow, Wednesday October 11th, is Yom Kippur, which means that we don't have school! For those who are overseeing, the holiday, have an easy fest and have a blessed Yom Kippur.

This marking period ends on October 18th. Keep in mind, the report card for this marking period will be simple letter grades (E,S,N,U) and only show a preliminary evaluation.

October 19th is PSAT day for sophomores and juniors. Sophomores will take a practice PSAT while juniors will take the real thing. Freshmen must be in school for a seminar. More information will be posted about that.

October 22nd and 23rd are the days of the SHSAT! For all who have siblings taking it, good luck to them! Choose Stuy!

Have a great week folks,
The Big Sib Chairs

Posted on October 11, 2016 .

The Fun's Just Getting Started!


We hope that you’ve had a great week! Hopefully, you all are slowly getting accustomed to this amazing place we call Stuy!

However, if you’re still feeling unsure about the new environment, don’t be afraid to reach out to your Big Sibs! We’re here to help you in any way possible, so if you’re having a bit of trouble making friends, or managing your time, ask your Big Sibs for advice. 

Here are some important announcements: 

  • The Club/Pub Charters have been released. If you are the president of a club and you need to renew your charter, please do so. If you want to start a new club, please acquire a faculty advisor and fill out the charter.
  • The date for the Club/Pub Fair is Thursday, September 29th! Many clubs will be present so make sure to check them all out! Remember, you may sign up for as many clubs as you want and give them a try and see what you like. You never know what will catch your eye!
  • The Big Sib Little Sib Dance is on Friday, October 7th!!! The dance is free, so you should definitely go! It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends, and dance the night away with your Big Sibs! The dress attire is casual, and there will be a ton of free food ;) 
  • Check out the Dear Incoming 2020 Facebook group for information on upcoming interest meetings! The ultimate frisbee team’s meeting is coming up this Thursday, and the Pre-Medical Society has one on Wednesday! Don’t miss out :)
  •  Fill out the form for four digit ID’s! These will be extremely helpful in the future. Here’s the link:

Have a great week everyone!

- Big Sib Chairs

Posted on September 25, 2016 .

Second week are you ready?

Hey everyone!

We hope that you've all had an amazing first week at school , and that you've got to see what Stuy is really like! New friends, new teachers, new environment, this is a really exciting time of the year.

We have great news for you, and it's that the BIG SIB LITTLE SIB DANCE has officially been scheduled for OCTOBER 7th! We encourage every single one of you to come, it's a great chance to have fun and dance with your big sibs, your new friends, or to meet all new friends! Listen closely to the announcements in the coming weeks, as you'll get more information about the specifics of the dance. We will have live music, food, and it will be an all around great time!  

Here are some reminders from last week's blog that you should still be looking out for!

  • The Club/Pub Charters have been released. If you are the president of a club and you need to renew your charter, please do so. If you want to start a new club, please acquire a faculty advisor and fill out the charter.
  • The tentative date for the Club/Pub Fair is currently September 30, which is the last Friday of September! Many clubs will be present so everyone should attend and gauge their interests! Remember, you may sign up for as many clubs as you want and give them a try and see what you like.

Have a great week everyone!

- BIg Sib Chairs

Posted on September 18, 2016 .

Happy First Week

Hi everyone!

We hope everyone had an amazing first week of school and are getting a peek of what Stuy is like. Stuyvesant High School has been our home for over three years now and we hope that all of our amazing Little Sibs will accept it as there's. It's truly a great place with amazing opportunities! We have a few things that we have coming up:

  • Schedule changes will be finalized this coming Friday! This week, if you need any changes on your schedules, please see your guidance counselors to make them. Again, Friday is the last day for any and all changes to your schedules.
  • The Club/Pub Charters have been released. If you are the president of a club and you need to renew your charter, please do so. If you want to start a new club, please acquire a faculty advisor and fill out the charter.
  • The tentative date for the Club/Pub Fair is currently September 30, which is the last Friday of September! Many clubs will be present so everyone should attend and gauge their interests! Remember, you may sign up for as many clubs as you want and give them a try and see what you like.

One final thing: Stay tuned for the date and details for our annual BIG SIB LITTLE SIB DANCE!! This is a free dance for Little Sibs and Big Sibs and is always LOTS OF FUN! It's an amazing way to meet new people and have fun with your friends!

We hope you all have an amazing second week!
-Big Sib Chairs

Posted on September 11, 2016 .

School's out!

Hi everyone! Yesterday, everyone got their report cards and then we got our stuff from our lockers, returned our last textbooks (seniors got their diplomas), and we said goodbye to Stuy for the summer.

If you're an incoming freshman, keep checking back here for updates on stuy clubs and athletics (many sports teams have tryouts before the start of the school year). Camp Stuy Part 2 is on August 30th and your parents can come in on the 31st for the "Parent Camp Stuy," where they will learn more about the school and what to expect.We encourage you all to get a Facebook account so you can stay up-to-date on Stuy happenings. Join the "Dear Incoming Stuyvesant Class of 2020... WE HAVE ADVICE!" group.

Have an awesome summer, y'all! We look forward to seeing you soon.


Posted on June 29, 2016 .

It's Over

Hey guys,

I'm sure today was a rather bittersweet day for everyone. 

Incoming Freshmen, you're going to be entering some of the best years in your life. The transition into Stuy will be tough, as all transitions are. However, we Big Sibs are all here to help you succeed and if you have any troubles, don't even hesitate for one second to reach out to us. Your Big Sibs are there to provide amazing advice as mentors and friends and we're all ecstatic to see you guys at Camp Stuy Part II!! Stay tuned for your packages that will come in the mail :)

Current freshmen, you're going to be entering sophomore year this next school year. One of the biggest challenges of this year is resisting the urge to just slack off. Please do your best to fight this urge because it will be so worth it. Sophomore year can be both fun and academically rewarding so just keep fighting on!

Sophomores, you will be entering junior year aka "the hardest year". Please don't let this get to your head because this year can also be one of your most fun filled years ever. Through the tough times you will find your closest friends and all of those hang outs just seem so much more rewarding. Savor this coming year and take classes you ENJOY not classes you think colleges would like to see. And remember, your mental health is infinite times more important than your grades. We were all just in your position and we can guarantee it's not too bad (ALSO GO TO JPROM IT'S A GREAT TIME).

Juniors, we're gonna be entering the last year wow. Let's not think about colleges and what not and enjoy ^_^

Seniors... Good bye. Good bye Rose, good bye Philip, good bye Zoe, good bye Rick, good bye Shannon. Good bye all seniors. You have all influenced how the years under you act and have served as amazing role models. Make sure to come visit on Alumni days! 

Regents week is coming up so good luck everybody!!

Your friendly neighborhood toilets


Posted on June 13, 2016 .

Counting Down to the Last Day of Classes

Hi everyone!

We are entering our last week of classes (if we don't count Monday) and we don't know about you, but we are extremely excited! Many of you probably have multiple in-class finals this week, so study hard! Don't fret because there are many study guides available at Stuy ARISTA's website. Study hard and good luck to all!

This past homeroom on Thursday we received Regents Exam invitations. If you did not receive one or have lost it, you may replace it in room 206 and/or with your guidance counselor. Speaking of guidance counselors, if you have not yet met your guidance counselor, this week is great for introducing yourself to him/her and getting to know your guidance counselor personally!

For the Regents exam, we suggest taking multiple practice Regents that are offered here and after each each exam, figure out what topics you don't know and study those. This saves a lot of time and energy since you won't be studying the topics that you already know.

This Wednesday is Junior Prom! It will be held on a boat at Pier 36 and it begins at around 6:30. It's the perfect excuse to get dressed up and dance with your friends to celebrate the end of the year. If you have not bought tickets yet, do that now! They are $70 and can be bought here.

Upcoming dates: 

SLT Meetings on June 7th and June 9th from 3:45 to 5:45 in Room 107

Chancellor's Conference Day on June 8th - NO SCHOOL WOOOOOO

Graduation is on June 22 - Bye Seniors :'(

It's the final stretch!! Good luck to all <3

Big Sib Chairs

Posted on June 5, 2016 .

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


Hi everyone!

Happy Memorial Day weekend! We know these past few weeks have been tough, but you’re almost there. Summer is almost here! In the following weeks, remember that we have June 1st and June 9th off! Classes end on June 13th, and the last day of school is on June 28th.

We also hope that all those freshman and sophomores out there had an AMAZING semiformal! We heard it was fantastic and super fun. For those of you that did not go, try to go to the next school dance! School events are a great way to have fun with your friends, relieve stress and even meet new people in your grade. Speaking of stress, finals and regents are coming up VERY soon! It’s time to start putting aside some time everyday to study for your exams. Even half an hour everyday will improve your results in the long run! Here is the link to the regents schedule

Here are links to a few study guides:











Stay tuned for more!

Additionally, here are some important events happening in the following weeks!

Tuesday, May 31: Basketball 3 point-shot contest: In the 3rd floor gym after 10th period – come see Stuy’s best compete - $1 admission, with all proceeds used to buy water for high school athletes in Flint, Michigan.

Tuesday, May 31 - Wednesday, June 8: Living Environment Laboratory Make-up Sessions From 3:30 – 5:00pm in room 703. Students will have an opportunity to make up missing biology labs. Remind your student that Regents Exams may not be taken unless all lab reports have been turned in. Students may check with their teachers for more information.

Wednesday, June 1: Algebra II/Trigonometry Common Core Regents Examination will be administered at Stuyvesant. Only sophomore & other students taking this exam are required to attend school on this day. 

Wednesday, June 1 (and Wednesday, June 8): Free Student & Teacher Yoga: From 3:00-4:30pm in Room 382 - the third-floor gym – thanks to Physical education teachers Rhonda Rosenthal & Dr. Anna Markova and the Stuyvesant Wellness Council. Students & teachers are welcome to join in after 9th or 10th periods

Friday, June 3: Performance of Asian-American Literature class student one minute plays in the theater at 4:00.

Monday, June 6: Cheerleader Tryouts after school in the 3rd floor atrium. There will be learning/training sessions to prepare for the tryouts after school on 5/31, 6/2, and 6/3 – all are welcome. Questions may be directed to: 

Tuesday, June 7: The final School Leadership Team (SLT) monthly meeting of the year at 3:45pm in Room 107. The SLT consists of Principal Zhang & other administrators, teachers, students, and parents. Current issues and school policies are discussed, and all members of the Stuyvesant community are welcome to attend.

Thursday, June 9: No student attendance: Chancellor’s Conference Day & Camp Stuy for new students.

Friday, June 10: Student Outlet Showcase (3:45 - 5:45pm): Stuy students will offer a community performance celebration in recognition of all the hard work and effort they demonstrate throughout the school year. A Cappella, Step & Hip Hop, poetry, songs, and more in the school theater, with the goal of promoting student unity and positive and supportive messages as the year comes to an end – all are welcome! Friday, June 10: Open Mic(rophone): Encourage your student to come to hear or perform songs, poems, original fiction, and more, at 3:40pm.

Tuesday, June 14 - Tuesday, June 21: Regents & Departmental Final Exam Period, during which students will come to school only on days when they have scheduled examinations.

Monday, June 20: Attendance Office Corrections Students who wish to correct any mistaken recorded absences, lateness, or cuts for this school year must do so by this date. They may see Attendance Secretary Carmen Cintron in Room 203 for further information.


Thanks once again! Good luck :)

- Your Big Sib Chairs <3

Posted on May 29, 2016 .

Hakuna Matata, What a Wonderful Phrase


We are ecstatic for the coming year! Class of 2020, you are in great hands!

Note: Homerooms are subject to change. They will be finalized and announced at the Big Sib Orientation on June 2.

Posted on May 23, 2016 .

May Your End of May be Merry!

Hey guys and gals!

AP season is over, now it's time to get hyped for your last week of May! This is the final stretch (plus we have a 3-day weekend coming up for Memorial day)!! Let's finish the year with flying colors! WOOOO! There is homeroom this week, so make sure to hang out with your Big Sibs for one of you last homerooms with them :O Graduation is in less than a month and classes end June 13th! Take some time to reflect on your first year of high school. Think about how you can make sophomore year EVEN better!

One way to start thinking about next year is ELECTIVE SIGN UPS! Those are due Sunday, May 22 at 11:59pm so get those in as soon as possible! Don't forget to ask you Big Sibs for advice on course sign ups. They've been through several of these!

We will be releasing Big Sib results on Monday so get ready for another great year of Big Sibs! Good luck to all applicants, we can't wait to be working with some of you :D

A few dates to keep in mind:

  • Friday, May 27 is SophFrosh Semi Formal! Dress up, go with some friends (or date!), and celebrate!! For more info, check out the event page on Facebook!
  • Thursday, June 9 there will be no school! Camp Stuy Part I will be taking place :D

  • Friday, June 10 is the SOS show! It's a showcase of all of Stuy's talents ranging from dancing to singing and more! Make sure to go watch and support your friends!

  • Friday, June 10 is the Boys v. Girls volleyball game! Come cheer on your favorite team!

  • Monday, June 13 is the charity volleyball event! If you signed up to play, good luck! Otherwise, you should finish your last day of classes with a fun event like this one!

Enjoy your week!

Much love,

Big Sib Chairs '16-'17 <3


Posted on May 21, 2016 .

One more month to go!!

Hi everyone!

We have just completed Big Sib interviews! All our applicants were so incredibly talented and we are certain that this year's Big Sibs will welcome the class of 2020 with open arms. Results will be released soon, so stay tuned! Best of luck to all who applied :D

Freshmen and sophomores: Sophfrosh semi formal will be May 27 between 6pm and 9:30pm at the Union Square Ballroom located on 27 Union Square West, New York, New York 10003. More info will be released soon by the Freshman and Sophomore Caucuses.

Don't forget about your elective sign ups! Those are due May 22. If you have any questions about course sign ups, ask your Big Sibs for advice or about their experiences!

Girls Volleyball no cut tryouts will take place between June 1 and June 14 in the 6th floor gym (don't forget your parental consent forms, medical forms, and sports apparel!).

No school on May 30 for Memorial day, enjoy your 3 day weekend coming up soon!

AP season is almost over, we are going through the last week of testing, so make sure to wish your peers and Big Sibs good luck!

Stay tuned for finals study guides. Finals and regents will take place early/mid June, so start thinking about those!


Your '16-'17 Chairs

Posted on May 15, 2016 .

AP Season has Sprung

Hi everyone!

You’ve made it to AP Season! Make sure to wish your Big Sibs good luck!! Speaking of AP's, hopefully you got the ones you signed up for in the first wave of AP course selections, otherwise, try talking to the Assistant Principals of the departments whose AP's you tried getting into.

As some of you may have seen via your emails, the first wave of elective course selections are out! Remember, that you need to take at least two science electives to graduate Stuy, so if you can, try to take those early! There is a plethora electives in other subjects as well, don't worry! Talk to your Big Sibs, they can help guide you to find the right courses for you and give you insight on workload/teachers/difficulty of each of the classes. Note: the Google form for sign ups closes on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 11:59PM, so get those in. Also, AP Music Theory selections are still being made (students who are accepted will be notified separately next week). Best of luck!

Report cards will be distributed on Tuesday, May 10. Remember that second marking period grades are usually a little bit lower, and they only serve as a progress report. These grades DO NOT stay on your transcript, only third marking period grades do; so if you're doing well, keep it up, otherwise, don't worry, there is PLENTY of time to improve. Ask your Big Sibs for tips!

There is also an SLT Meeting on Tuesday, May 10th in room 107! Feel free to stop by and listen to what is going on and changing at Stuyvesant. Get involved :)

We're almost at the finish line!! There is only about a month of classes left! Classes end June 13 and the regents schedule can be found here


Finish the year off strong, and remember: don’t be afraid to reach out to your Big Sibs if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to the help!! And guess what?! A whole new wave of Big Sibs will be coming in soon! We are in the process of interviewing a record number of applicants. Good luck to all of you applying and we can't wait for the coming year :D

- Your 16'-17' Big Sib Chairs <3


Posted on May 8, 2016 .

Electives Are Awesome!

Hi everyone!

You’ve made it to Spring Break! Congrats, almost done with your freshman year ;) Spend some time this week relaxing, sleeping and hanging out. This is also a great time to get on top of your work and study for your finals, so keep that in mind! 

As some of you may know, during your sophomore year you can take electives! For the most part, sophomore electives are science classes in specific subjects that you are not required to take. If you are interested in the sciences, this is a great opportunity to explore more specialized subjects. If you are interested in AP Biology, you need to take two prerequisites in order to be qualified for the class. You can also take co-requisites, which is when you take the elective while taking the class that requires it. Regardless of which path you are interested in taking, it’s a good idea to start look at the available electives now: 

Molecular Genetics
Medical Human GeneticsGenetics Research

Biological Lab Techniques

Vertebrate Zoology

Human Diseases

Molecular Science

Topics in Neurobiology

A google form regarding class selections will be sent out soon! Make sure to check your email periodically so you don’t miss anything!

Also, don’t forget that report cards are coming out after break. Remember that 2nd marking period grades are usually a little bit lower, and there is PLENTY of time to improve. Ask your Big Sibs for tips!

There is also an SLT Meeting on Tuesday, May 10th in room 107! Feel free to stop by and listen to what is going on and changing at Stuyvesant. Get involved :)

Happy Spring Break! And remember: don’t be afraid to reach out to your Big Sibs if you have any questions. We are here to the help!!!

- Your 16'-17' Big Sib Chairs <3


Posted on April 22, 2016 .

Say Hello to the New Big Sib Chairs!

 In the front, from left to right (our new chairs!): Liam Elkind, Benjamin Zhang, Chloé Delfau, Jean Joun, and Olivia Kusio

In the front, from left to right (our new chairs!): Liam Elkind, Benjamin Zhang, Chloé Delfau, Jean Joun, and Olivia Kusio

Hello everyone!

We are in the middle of one of the busiest months at Stuyvesant! Many of us are experiencing "SING! withdrawal" after a great demonstration of school spirit at each grade's awe-inspiring shows last week. Meanwhile, Big Sibs have started planning Stuyvesant's Open House for the newly admitted students, and their parents, which will take place on Monday, March 21st. What better way to prepare for such an event than by announcing our NEW BIG SIB CHAIRS FOR 2016-2017?

They're all very committed to the Stuy community and have been exemplary Big Sibs, so our organization will be in great hands for the upcoming year! Without further ado, here are the introductions from each of our New Chairs:

Hi, I'm Chloé! In addition to being a Big Sib, I'm a varsity volleyball player, a photographer for The Spectator, an SU Club/Pub Director, and a member of Girls Who Code. I'm French and consider myself trilingual! In my free time, I like to hike and explore new places. I'm so excited to be one of the Big Sib Chairs and I can't wait to meet all of you :)

Hey, I'm Olivia! I'm a writer for the Spectator, a varsity volleyball player, an ARISTA Events Leader, a Chorus member, and a volunteer with multiple organizations outside of school! I'm fluent in Polish and visit Poland often. During my free time, I like to take photos, read, draw and hang out with friends. I'm super excited to be one of the new Big Sib Chairs!

Hello, I am Benjamin! I am an Ultimate Frisbee player, a Hip Hop dancer, and a personal tutor of a middle schooler. I am able to speak fluent Mandarin and Fujianese, but am unfortunately not able to read or write Chinese. When I have free time, I like to visit restaurants with interesting foods, binge watch television shows, and search for new songs to jam to. I am ecstatic to be the one of the Big Sib Chairs of the next generation!

Hey I’m Jean, and i’m so excited to be one of the big sib chairs! I’ve done tae kwon do for 7 years, been part of the varsity fencing team since freshman year, but mostly, I’m a musician and a writer. Most of my free time is spent writing my own songs, or learning and performing songs that i love. I’m fluent in korean, which helps when i want to write music in another language. If i’m not sitting in my room with my guitar, I’ll be out with my friends looking for something good to eat. I haven’t released any music to the public yet but buy my mixtape fam

Hey, I’m Liam! I’m so thrilled to be part of the Big Sib program, and so excited to work with all the upperclassmen and underclassmen to make 2016-2017 the best year ever for Stuyvesant! In addition to being a Big Sib Chair, I am an editor for the Spectator’s Arts and Entertainment Department, a member of the Speech and Debate Team, and a frequent actor in the Stuyvesant Theater Community. I love to sing and socialize, but I also love just sitting in bed, reading a good book and drinking some hot tea. I can’t wait to be able to meet everyone and make this year amazing!

Stay tuned for their new ideas and make sure to catch them at Open House!


Rick and the '15 - '16 Big Sib Chairs


Posted on March 17, 2016 .

Finals Week

Ten Tips for Finals Week!

1) Know your learning style

First things first: what kind of learner are you?  Find out more about learning styles here:

There are a lot of different study methods: making a study guide (handwritten or on google docs/Word), studying from one you find online, using flashcards, color-coding your notes, quizzing yourself, etc. Find the one that works better according to your learning style and stick to it!


2) Organization is key

Set up a quiet, comfortable and distraction-free study space. It should make you feel inspired to concentrate, learn and it should remind your brain that it’s work time. You can listen to music as long as it doesn’t distract you ( has some cool sounds that help with concentration, they have a free trial period).

Some people work better in the morning, others better at night. For two days, keep track of your energy level every two hours, giving yourself a rating of 1 (falling asleep in class) to 5 (super-focused) from the time you wake up until you go to bed. Use the times you are most energized to study for your most difficult tests.

Make sure you have all the notes necessary for your finals; if you’re missing material ask for notes from a classmate. Review and/or incorporate them in your study guide.


3) Clarify the content and format of your finals

Multiple choice or free response? Essay? What chapters will be covered? Teachers will always tell their students the format of their finals. Don’t forget to ask.


4) Create a study schedule - and follow it

Splitting the material into chunks can be very beneficial. That way, you can keep track of what you’ve accomplished instead of panicking last minute. Some exams will be more difficult than others; some may be worth more to your grade than others. Make sure to evaluate all of your exams, considering all of the involved factors, so you can plan your study schedule accordingly.


5) Take breaks but avoid distractions

You might want to adopt the 50-10 Rule: study 50 minutes of every hour, and use the last 10 minutes to clear your mind. You will study more efficiently if you spread things out and take breaks. The idea is that you should turn off Facebook and keep your phone away to be able to focus 100% during those 50 minutes and use the remaining time to recharge and relax yourself.  Don’t forget to time your break though, or you might end up with a 30 minute study session and a 3 hour break! :)

Try to lay off of Facebook until finals are over; it really makes a difference! You don’t need to deactivate your account, just make sure to watch the time you spend on it. You go on Facebook to ask a question in a group/to a friend about a test, you get distracted with a post on your newsfeed, with a video, with a group chat, and when you look at your clock, two hours have passed. Classic! Who can say they’ve never been guilty of that? 


6) Study in groups only if it’s beneficial for you

You can learn and memorize by teaching the material to a friend and it can be helpful to study in groups; minds working together can help explain and retain concepts that you perhaps did not originally understand. However, evaluate whether or not studying with others will be beneficial for the specific subject and if it fits your learning style: a study group only works if you are able to focus and stay serious.


7) Avoid cramming and get a good night’s sleep

Try to reserve the day before the final for a general review. If cramming is inevitable, don’t stay up until 3AM studying; avoid all-nighters at all costs before your finals. Sleep-deprivation ignites your “reptile brain” and this is especially detrimental if it happens before math finals. It’s important for your brain to be functioning so you can remember the material learned. Check this:


8) Use the resources available to you.

You can find study guides on the following websites:

Also, you can find a few review sheets on the Social Studies Department section of the Stuy website, and Khan Academy, Quizlet, and Crash Course help a lot as well!


9) Get help when needed

Sign up for ARISTA tutoring if you’re struggling with any subjects (they’re awesome!). Many of our very own Big Sibs are ARISTA tutors as well.

The following tutoring resources are available all year long at Stuy:

AIS tutoring: Student tutors with a teacher coming around to answer any other questions, once a week after tenth period. Here is the schedule:

Peer tutoring: sign up on the ARISTA website to schedule a one on one tutoring session with an ARISTA member through their website:

If you have any trouble navigating the ARISTA website, don’t hesitate to ask your Big Sibs, they can help you!

Talk to your Big Sibs! Whether it is advice about study methods, study guides (they might be able to find some for you!), or how to handle the stress/fatigue of finals week, we’re here for you!


10) Finals are over, now what?

Reward yourself: hang out with your friends, buy yourself a treat; you deserve it! If you didn’t do so well as you wished on one of your finals, don’t dwell on it. You still have second semester to get your grades up. But never forget: grades do not define who you are. Work hard, but allow yourself time to grow as a person. There are many things to be learned in life outside of the classroom. 

Lastly, always remember to....

Wishing you all the best,

Rick and the Big Sib Chairs

Posted on January 20, 2016 .

Happy New Year Everyone!!!



Hey Little Sibs!

Happy holidays and happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely break and were able to have fun and get some sleep. Hopefully you didn’t have too much due after we got back! Our resolutions are definitely to get better with time management - it’s so much more relaxing not to worry about getting things done at the last minute. If any of you have New Year’s resolutions, a tip is to set SMART goals - Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Time-driven. This way, you can reach your goals in an organized and effective way!

We know you might feel compelled to lose motivation as the term winds down, but remember to push through! We only have just over a week left, and you’ve come so far already. Don’t hesitate to ask your Big Sibs for help studying or for project advice if you need it. We’ll have a blog post up soon with tips for finals.

Good luck, and stay warm!

Much love,

Zoe and The Big Sib Chairs

Posted on January 14, 2016 .