Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I'm working on my first syllabus for Property, a 4 credit spring course. I am considering having a midterm a week before Spring Break. The midterm would make up probably 40% of the final grade and the final exam would be non-cumulative.
This is not an original idea -- another Wake Forest Property Prof does the same thing. I'm wondering how many other Property Profs give a midterm and what you see as the advantages and disadvantages. Here's my initial list of pros and cons:
-- The midterm would be given a week after we wrap up the material on estates in land and future interests. The main "pro" is that students would be tested on future interests while the material is still fresh in their minds and they wouldn't waste a lot of their finals prep time with the material.
-- The ABA (and many other folks) think that midterms are a good idea, for a variety of different reasons.
-- Possible student revolt at the prospect of a test on future interests a week before Spring Break?
-- I would end up spending Spring Break grading midterms.
Property Profs, I would appreciate your thoughts on the matter.
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