December 19, 2018

Top 5 tips to help you through the finals

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in Features

Top 5 tips to help you through the finals

Kenyon Dawson

Chronicle Reporter

 

With the semester coming to an end and final grades rapidly approaching, the stress level for most of the school is at an all-time high. Many students are searching for ways to make-or-break their grade, and are trying to do so by getting a good score on their final exams. Luckily, this article will provide you with 5 beneficial tips for doing the best you can on your finals (without cheating).

 

Tip #5: Managing your Time

Time management is a very useful skill to have, not only during finals, but also in life. Instead of trying to study every note and flashcard at the last minute, try to plan ahead and organize study sessions in advance to decrease your stress and maximize what you’re learning.

 

Tip #4: Study Efficiently

Instead of sitting down for an hour doodling on your notes, try your best to spend every minute of your study sessions as effectively as possible. Whether it be reviewing flashcards or using Khan Academy, make sure you use all the time you have wisely.

 

Tip #3: Eat the Best You Can

It’s not such a good idea to go around without any food in your system, so why would you want that while your reading and studying? Learning requires a lot of concentration, so why would you want to attempt a final exam on an empty stomach?  Nutrition is essential to our everyday lives, so make sure you fuel up on as much food as you can.

 

Tip #2: Get Enough Sleep

Its no secret that a good night’s sleep is a great remedy for stress and good way to clear the mind for a big day. So how about you use that to your advantage? Make sure to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep in advance of your finals to reduce stress levels, and increase memorization skills.

 

Tip #1: Minimize Distractions

Whether it be during your study session, your sleep routine, or even in the middle of an exam, you have one goal, and that is to do the best you can on the finals. The most simplest way to go about this goal, is to minimize distractions as best you can. Try not to let your mind drift away from the task at hand. Studies show that while teens prefer to listen to music, text friends, or even watch television while studying, they are less likely to remember the information they have studied for. Keep this in mind when your favorite song comes on while studying.

Latest mural receives mixed reviews

Posted on November 15, 2018 by in News

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Kenyon Dawson

Chronicle Reporter

Hollywood High School has recently been under works for a new mural on the southwest wall of the building, and as of Nov. 13 2018, it is complete. Students have very strong opinions towards the mural illustrated by artist Don Rimx entitled, “Unifying Eternities”. The mural depicts two colorful, yet anonymous, faces constructed by abstract shapes and objects, alongside various patterns, plants, and shapes. “I like it because it’s really vibrant and pops out at you..” says TCA senior Kelvin Salazar.

On the other hand, many students don’t see eye-to-eye with the intentions of the mural. “…I just don’t understand the historical significance of it, that’s all.” says PAM senior Scarlett Gomez. Hollywood High Principal Edward Colacion says “It celebrates not only the diversity we have here at Hollywood High School but also the diversity in the community of Los Angeles. It was a great opportunity to [improve] this corner, which was kind of neglected.”

Key club attends 28th annual “Hunger Walk”

Posted on October 24, 2018 by in News

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Photo Credit: Kimberly Mora, SAS Senior

Kenyon Dawson

Chronicle Reporter

Key Club participated in Westside Food Bank’s 28th Annual 5K “Hunger Walk” to raise awareness on local hunger and poverty on Sunday, Oct. 21. This event took place at Ocean View Park (2701 Barnard Way Santa Monica) and started around 12 noon and lasted until 3pm. Participation was free and the event included live entertainment, family-friendly fun zones, games, activities and even an opportunity to win raffled prizes and awards. First year Key Club member, Kimberly Mora, says, “It was fun and it was nice helping out others…”.

The “Hunger Walk” is a great way to spend time with family, friends and colleagues, yet at the same time, raise awareness for a noble cause. TCA senior, Diego Medina, expresses, “I felt like it made a change… not just in myself, but in a community to come together for a cause…”.

NOTICE: If you are interested in knowing what is the next event Key Club has planned out, it will be the “Light the Night” 1 mile walk to raise awareness of leukemia and will take place on Nov. 3.

 

Why 98% of UTLA members are in favor of going on strike

Posted on October 4, 2018 by in News

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Kenyon Dawson

Chronicle Reporter

 

United Teachers Los Angeles says its members have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike against the Los Angeles School District should one become necessary. Why you may ask? Well, UTLA have made several demands and LAUSD has rejected any proposals the Union is offering. UTLA has requested an increase in staff wages, class size reduction, counselor-to-student ratio increase, and more funding in community schools and have been turned down every time. UTLA believes these are reasonable demands considering LAUSD has over $1.7 billion in unrestricted reserves.

These demands have been addressed by LAUSD, but are yet to be met. Instead, LAUSD is denying the beliefs of them having over $1.7 billion and say they actually have less than $700 million. LAUSD claims with these estimates, they would go bankrupt if they accepted the proposals made by UTLA. LAUSD hopes to avoid a strike at all cost. They express, “…let’s remember our schools are about teaching and learning. We want to keep the labor discussions out of our schools so the focus can remain on our students.”


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