Its that time of the year again when almost all students feel boggled down with projects, papers, presentations as well as exam preparations. So when it comes to this time, opinions are divided, some come prepared and others may be thinking, well, exams are nearby and the time to study is now. Is it?
When you think about it, midterms, projects and quizzes are still in progress. So is it really the time to start preparing for the finals. Many students argue that the end of the semester is the time for submitting the projects. This begs the question, when is it the time to start preparing for the finals?
After chatting with many of our professors, we have learnt that North American universities give their students at least one week of study time after the end of classes to prepare for final exams. The AUS curriculum is supposed to be derived from that system; however, AUS students do not get that much time to study to prepare for exams.
Anyway, the aim of the entire process is to ensure successful preparation for students as they prepare for their future careers. So making that process as smooth as possible is important to ensure that students are not over-burdened but at the same time the university do not short-sale them on the quality of education the students deserve.
Now the question is, where do we strike the balance?
Some may think projects and quizzes may be enough to asses students’ development and achievements so we should not do exams just quizzes and projects.
Others may think, well, papers and presentations are the right measures of how well the students have understood and retained the education offered by their professors.
But there are those who may be of the opinion that the current system is OK, only that we need a week-off to revise the materials before the final exams as they do in North American Universities.
What do you think? Do you have any other proposed solution to this problem?
Article by ENG 207: English for Engineers students.
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