Dear Susie – April Edition

Dear Susie - April Edition

Each issue of Verbatim, there will be an article dedicated to giving advice on a student to student basis. This advice column is lovingly referred to as “Dear Susie” to keep anonymity among the Verbatim staff. Sending in questions is encouraged to help connect the BT community and to make Verbatim as relevant as possible to the student body. Questions can vary from academic dilemmas to personal (but appropriate) affairs. Feel free to send in topics through our instagram @btverbatim! Names will not be included in the articles and the Verbatim team will do our best to protect the privacy of those who send in questions.


Dear Susie,

I hope this message finds you well! I heard from a friend that you’re an expert at preparing for AP tests and finals, and I could really use your help.

As the end of the year approaches, I’m feeling a little bit nervous about all the exams I have coming up. I want to do my best, but I’m not quite sure where to start. I was hoping you could share some of your wisdom with me.

Do you have any tips for studying effectively? How do you stay motivated when it feels like there’s so much to do? And most importantly, how do you manage to stay calm and focused during the actual tests?

I know you’re busy with your own studies, but any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much, Susie!

Best regards,



Dear Nervous,

Of course, I’d be happy to help you with your AP tests and finals! I understand that this time of year can be stressful, but with the right approach you can succeed.

When it comes to studying, I find it helpful to break down the material into manageable chunks and create a study schedule to stay on track. It’s also important to review constantly, rather than cramming everything in last minute.

To stay motivated, I try to set realistic goals and reward myself when I achieve them. For example, after finishing a study session, I’ll take a short break to do something I enjoy, like watch a movie or listen to some music.

As for test day, it is important to stay calm and focused. I like to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school with plenty of time to spare. During the test, I take deep breaths and remind myself that I have prepared myself as much as I can.

I hope these tips are helpful for you! Remember to take care of yourself and stay positive and calm. You got this!!