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10 Tips for Finals Week

Posted on December 9, 2018 by in Features

10 Tips for Finals Week

Maria Alfaro

Crimson Chronicle

Winter break is right around the corner, which many students are looking forward to. However, before they can go on a break they must get through finals. Finals week can be stressful for students because it can either bring up their grade or lower it causing stress and anxiety. Here are 10 tips to make it through finals without being overly stressed.

#1 Study 

Study every day, but not all at once. Try to study in your free time and not procrastinate. Study in a quiet place to avoid getting distracted.

#2 Time Management 

Manage your time well by studying for the hardest things and then the easiest. Try to study in the order you have your finals each day that way the information is still fresh. Don’t cram everything in one day.

#3 Stay Focused 

Avoid distractions and focus on studying for what might be on the exam. Give it your full attention and take breaks to not overwhelm yourself.

#4 Quiz Yourself 

Quiz yourself on the topic with flashcards. You can also ask one of your friends to quiz you which would help remember things easily.

#5 Different study methods

Use different study methods to find out which one works best for you. This would help you memorize information better.

#6 Color Code 

Color code your notes by what’s most important.

#7 Have a good night sleep

Get a good night sleep by getting at least eight hours of sleep. Don’t stay up too late trying to remember everything because it won’t work.

#8 Have a good breakfast 

Have a good breakfast every morning because taking an exam with an empty stomach can be distracting.

#9 Motivation 

Motivate yourself by putting a goal. Don’t give up if you feel frustrated after studying for a long time, take a break and remember that this will benefit you in the end.

#10 Stay Positive 

Remember that exams do not define your level of smartness. Always try your best and stay positive.


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.

Top 10 Movies to Watch Over The Christmas Break

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in Entertainment, Features

Top 10 Movies to Watch Over The Christmas Break

Karina Olivera

Chronicle Reporter


Christmas is all about spending a wonderful time with family and friends. These are the top 10 movies you can watch on Christmas and New Year’s.


The Elf  ( Fantasy / Romance )

Buddy (The Elf ) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves.


2 ) Home Alone ( Comedy / Adventure )

An 8-year-old Kevin acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother makes him sleep in the attic.


3 ) Miracle on 34th Street ( Drama / Fantasy )

In this Christmas, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual and people find out Santa Claus is an actual person.


4 )  Gremlins ( Fantasy / Horror )

A salesman is looking for a special gift for his son for Christmas and finds a store in Chinatown.


5 )  The Muppet Christmas Carol ( Fantasy / Drama )

The Muppets perform a show with Christmas Spirit and find the meaning of Christmas.


6 ) A Christmas Story ( Comedy )

A young boy that dreams about his ideal Christmas gift


7 ) The Nightmare Before Christmas ( Fantasy )

The misadventures of Jack and who gets bored frightening people in the real world so he plans out a Christmas plan.


8 ) Frosty the Snowman ( Fantasy )

A discarded magic top hat that brings to life the snowman that a group of children made.


9 ) Christmas Vacation ( Farce )

Clark the main characters wants to have a perfect family Christmas so he pesters his wife.


10 ) The Santa Clause ( Drama )

Two characters are transported to the North Pole.


A gift that keeps on giving

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in Features


Elissa Martinez

Chronicle Reporter

Are you on a budget this Christmas but still want to buy your loved ones presents? Here is a list of some gift ideas you can buy them that are just under $10.

1. Fuzzy socks –

You can’t go wrong with having fuzzy socks. Everyone needs some warm feet this winter.








2. A mini speaker –

Anyone would appreciate this mini speaker if they love bopping to music.








3. Beanies –

Beanies are the new look this year, so give someone’s look a pop of color.









4. An adult coloring book –

Coloring is fun and can be relaxing so gift this to someone who needs a stress reliever.







5. A gift card

Unsure of what to gift someone? Buy them a gift card so they can purchase what they like.

Best Apps Available on the App Store

Posted on December 4, 2018 by in Features

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America Flores-Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

With the year almost out of the way (and finals approaching), this month’s trending apps in the App Store and on Google Play will help to organize yourself for a new clean preface on social media and on your daily routines for the following year:

  • Slack
    Used for group messaging and great for class team/group assignments, the app is known for its unique format for clear communication throughout every level of document organization. Slack instantly syncs across all devices and is compatible with dozens of other apps and services (like Dropbox) to make your job simpler and easier.
  • Uber Eats
    With Uber Eats, ordering food is simple — especially if you’ve used Uber before. Browse the menu of available restaurants to order from and pay straight through the app by linking your credit or debit card. You’ll then be given an estimated delivery time and you can track the location of your order in real time.
  • Nintendo Switch Online
    While it may not be the perfect solution — forcing you to use your phone in addition to your Switch console for voice chat — Nintendo’s just-released Online app offers the most convenient way to play Splatoon 2 with friends, and thus earns a spot on this list. Currently, Splatoon 2 is the only game the app supports, though this is sure to change over the coming months. Next year, Nintendo will begin charging a $20 yearly fee to use the Switch’s online features — but until then, the app remains free.
  • Calm
    Calm is a meditation app that offers guided sessions for beginners, along with programs for those on intermediate and advanced levels. You can choose from different breathing exercises, adult bedtime stories, or soothing nature sounds to use during yoga.
  • Spotify
    Spotify is changing the game for the entire music industry. It’s free on PCs and tablets, but $10 a month if you want to fully use it on iPhone. It’s worth it. You can listen to full albums and create playlists.

As of this month, the following apps are not only popular within their respective app categories, they’ve also reached a new high in downloads and rankings online. Keep in mind that starting towards the end of this year, many apps within the gaming and food genres will be starting to add new deals following New Year’s Day on in-app purchases.

Holiday Season at LA’s Pop Up Shops

Posted on November 29, 2018 by in Features

Holiday Season at LA's Pop Up Shops

Salma Rodriguez

Chronicle Reporter

Thinking of some unique gifts to give friends and family members this festive season? Look no further, LA’s unique holiday pop up market is here just in time for christmas. In this upcoming weekend, not only will you be able to help celebrate their 10th anniversary but you will also get the opportunity to shop from 300 selected independent designers and artists. You can find one-of-a-kind gifts that range from beauty, jewelry, clothing, baby gifts to home decor and art. This event will provide DJs, DIY projects, and photo booths so they can be enjoyed with friends and family.

From Saturday Dec. 2 to Sunday Dec. 3 you can join in on the fun at California Market Center (CMC), 110 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90079. They are open from 10 am to 5 pm. General Admission tickets are $15 and VIP tickets are $35, children of ages 12 and under enter for free and parking will be available for $7.


Give back this Thanksgiving

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in Features


Frida Larios

Chronicle reporter

Thanksgiving is coming up next Thursday and not everybody will get to enjoy it with their families, there are many volunteering opportunities.

1) The annual Los Angeles Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot is where you will get to burn off those extra calories by running a 5k or 10k. If you are not so into running, there will be a Turkey costume contest, winners will receive a pumpkin spice cheesecake. This event will beheld on Thanksgiving day in Downtown’s Spring Street.

2) Thanksgiving Run And Food Drive at Queen Mary. This is another 5k with live music and games, there is also a food drive so you can give back to the community. To register you must bring a non perishable food item to donate, and if you don’t want to run there are volunteer slots open. This event will be held at Memorial Park.


3) Big Sunday’s Thanksgiving Stuffing , held on Nov. 21. At this event you will get to bag food for thousand of hungry and grateful people, as well as enjoying arts and crafts with live music  Breakfast will be provided and our own Key Club will be there volunteering as well.

Location – 6111 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

4) Westside Thanksgiving. This will be an event where volunteers will serve a traditional thanksgiving meal to homeless, elders, children, and low income families. You can help out by donating some food or volunteering. A kid friendly carnival will also be held starting at 8am and free haircuts and shots will be provided for those in need. This event will be held at the West LA Civic Center.

Thrift shopping Vs. Fast fashion

Posted on November 7, 2018 by in Features


Chronicle Reporter
Sophie King-Nichols

Thrift shopping has been around forever , being the number one source for teens that like to shop for vintage clothing. However it also is a great way to protest against fast fashion companies. In my freshman year at Grand Arts High School people were all dressed in very unique clothing, I remember seeing their outfits and loving the way they expressed themselves through their clothes. I decided that I wanted to venture out more into the world of thrift myself. Automatically it became a huge outlet for me to express myself, I loved going to thrift shops and finding the wackiest items and figuring out how to actually make it cute. It truly helped me find a part of myself that I’ve never really seen before.

After thrifting for quite a while I found myself never really interested in the items that were sold at fast fashion shops, (Forever 21, H&M, etc). None of their articles caught my eye. Soon after many fast fashion clothing brands were exposed for the way they produce majority of their clothing. Companies like Nike and Forever 21 were soon busted for having children as young as 9 working in factories in china and many other third world countries, being paid in extreme unfairness. After learning about things like that I soon grew a small hatred for fast fashion. Causing my love for thrift to grow.

I now try to influence my friends and people around me to also start thrift shopping and ditching the big name brand companies. Yes there are some good companies that support good causes and fight for the little guy, but you have to do your research. If you’re someone that seeks an outlet for self expression then I highly recommend checking out a thrift shop near you. Some thrift shops near our campus would be “Out of the closet” located on Sunset Blvd. they support aids awareness and give free HIV and STD tests. Another one of my favorites would be Jetrag located on La Brea, and make sure to go there on Sunday when everything is $1! I hope you decide to check one of these shops out, because it’s actually really fun!

Fall Dance Show has us “Stuck in a Dream”

Posted on November 2, 2018 by in Features

Fall Dance Show has us "Stuck in a Dream"

Salma Rodriguez

Chronicle Reporter

Hollywood High is having their annual Fall Dance Show, put together by the Performing Arts Magnet students. The director and the school’s dance teacher, Ms. Goldschein, tries to show a story through movement. One can expect and enjoy dances of different genres that vary from classical ballet to contemporary movement and jazz. At the end, all these dances come together to create and tell one whole story. Snacks will be sold just outside the auditorium for people to enjoy during the show.

This show can be experienced in the auditorium starting Friday, Nov. 2 to Sunday, Nov. 4. The show will start at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. You can expect the show to last for two hours with it ending around 9 pm on Friday and Saturday and ending at 4 pm on Sunday. The entrance fee will be $2 for students with their ID, $5 for seniors and students without ID, and $7 for adults.

Halloween at The Wellness Center

Posted on October 29, 2018 by in Features


Chronicle Reporter
America Flores-Hernandez

With Halloween right around the corner, the Wellness Center has recently announced that they will be holding a haunted house within the Wellness Center that will also include treats being given after the main attraction. “The majority of the students seem to find the day festive but could use an extra hand in making it a fun day for everyone,” says Amanda Fitz, an SAS senior Peer Advocate. “Plus, it’s free and can be something fun to do after school to kick off a night of other spooky plans students might have,” she said.

The Haunted House will be held on Halloween, being a Wednesday this week, after school at 3:30 PM through 4:30 PM. In addition, this can also be seen as an opportunity for students who haven’t had the chance to go to the Wellness Center and take a look at the place and see the resources it offers students from medical to mental health care knowing that they are available throughout the school day. This is a sight you wouldn’t want to miss.

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