Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Professors are winding down their classes. Statements are being dropped left and right about what will or will not be on the exam. Details about the exam format, number of questions, time limits, and other matters are being given out in class. Tips for exam study are being voiced. Review sessions are pulling together the course material.
I could talk to eight students in the same class and get totally different answers if I asked about the upcoming exam. Four of the students might tell me all about the exam - though the specificity may vary. Two students might tell me contradictory information to what the other four heard the professor say. And two students might tell me that the professor has not said anything about the exam. (I am not making up this scenario - it happens every week. The numbers within the eight might vary, but the reality is the same.)
It amazes me that as all of the professors' comments to help students succeed on exams occur, so many students miss the content entirely or at least the details. Some students miss out because they decided now is the time to take any leftover class absences they are allotted - they are not present. Some students miss out because they are tired of classes and do not focus most class periods - they are comatose. Some students miss out because they are too busy surfing the net, answering e-mails, or playing Spider Solitaire during class - they are irresponsible.
Now, more than ever, is the time to become an active listener! Zoning out is a risky choice. So, go to every class and pay very close attention. There is gold in them there hills. (Amy Jarmon)