by: Dejah Harley
SLA students are about to face, yet again, the thing they dread most, “Benchmark Season”. Although every year starts with the mentality to not make the same mistakes, people still fall into the following most common traps.
1.) Don’t say “I’ll do it when I get home”. The most common mistake people make is procrastination. Work throughout the day, even if it’s little tasks.
“Its a large process that you have to plan for. You can’t just finish it in a day”, said Senior Briana Hicks. If you don’t procrastinate the quality of the work will be better than just leaving it all to when you get home.
2) Don’t keep quiet. This is crucial when working in a group. You need to make sure your voice is heard to your group members for best results.
3) Don’t blame group members during the project and give up on them. You all are supposed to be working at a team even if you’re at different paces. Take your time with the benchmark and start early if this is the case. Work through it.
4) Don’t forget to check in. When doing these projects, it can never hurt to show your teacher your progress. It helps to ensure that you are on the proper track with this benchmark.
5) Don’t forget about the quality. Many times when you’re stressing about completing a project you make little mistakes. For example, if you have a math benchmark, doing the math behind the project can be a lot. However, don’t forget about your grammar and presentation in the final product.
“I feel more prepared since it’s my senior year and I know what to expect”, said Senior Ellen To. The more experience you have with benchmarks the easier they get. You begin to understand how you work as a student.
All of these issues could be avoided by starting these projects early. Take your time with them. If you avoid making these mistakes, your “Benchmark Season” will be less stressful.