Bacon Academy students gather for ‘PJs & Prep’

By Merja H. Lehtinen - ReminderNews
Colchester - posted Mon., Jan. 20, 2014
Emma Fritz and Audra Kingsley of William J. Johnston Middle School learned some homework tips from the Bacon Academy juniors and seniors in the National Honor Society. Photos by Merja H. Lehtinen.
Emma Fritz and Audra Kingsley of William J. Johnston Middle School learned some homework tips from the Bacon Academy juniors and seniors in the National Honor Society. Photos by Merja H. Lehtinen.

More than 100 students got together to study in groups and do homework in a relaxed environment on Jan. 16 at the Bacon Academy cafeteria. National Honor Society students hosted the “PJs & Prep” event to help freshmen prepare for midterm exams.

Carol Hale, the advisor for the National Honor Society, said about 20 members, mostly seniors and juniors, volunteered to host an evening study hall for 98 younger students this year. It is a tradition going back nearly a decade, said school officials.

“Its purpose is to help freshmen learn how to study for their midterms,” said Hale. But the students did not look stressed out or worried about tests. Books were turned to math problems and many other subjects. Everyone seemed to enjoy the few hours when they could laugh, joke, study together, and ask each other how to solve problems as they completed their homework and other work.

“PJs & Prep” offered an opportunity for freshmen to get helpful study tips from upperclassmen and teachers, review different concepts from their classes, learn effective studying techniques, and spend time with peers and classmates.

There were refreshments such as cookies, juice and other snacks for the students to enjoy as well. Although the event started shortly after 6 PM, parents began arriving sharply at 8 to pick students up.

“We studied everything from English, to Spanish, science and algebra homework at our table tonight,” said Harrison Burr. The students at his table all said they had fun working together as they tried to help answer each other’s questions. The NHS members acted as peer tutors, while students spread out books across tables, and said they learned that studying with friends is fun.

Emma Fritz and Audra Kingsley, two middle school students, said they had fun too and sported their comfortable flannel pajama bottoms.
Study groups are common in law schools and competitive colleges. The students who tried the idea out at Bacon Academy last week said they would enjoy keeping the practice going.

The members of the National Honor Society were on hand to help the younger scholars as well. They acted as role models to help freshmen students learn that studying is important, and can even be fun when done as a group activity.


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