What is it about today’s college student? At the university that I teach, finals start tomorrow and I am getting dozens of calls the last two days about when finals are scheduled. It is driving our Program Assistant crazy.
Students, get a clue!
In the class schedule you used to register with at the beginning of the semester, there was a final exam schedule. So you knew when our exam was going to be before you even signed up for this class.
Why haven’t you been coming to class? For the last two weeks of classes, the first thing I have been doing is writing the time and date of the final on the blackboard and then reminding everyone verbaly when the final is. When you call me and ask, the first thing I ask you is why you haven’t been to class. My informal survey has shown that 10% of my class has had family members die in the last two weeks. Yea, right.
Also, while I am on the subject, do not wait until the last class day to bring up missed assignments. If you missed a test three weeks ago, Tuesday is not the time to mention it. You are expected to make up work in a timely manner. i.e. You are expected (and were told) that all makeup tests were to be taken the FIRST class day you returned.
Ditto for class assignments. I didn’t do the paper because I was sick the day you showed the movie, doesn’t cut it. It took all week to watch it in class. So you missed classes the whole week, not just one day. You also were told that if you did miss the movie, you were expected to rent the damn thing. If you had questions, you should have asked them as soon as you returned to class.
I have four hundred students papers and tests I have to grade in the next two weeks. I do not have time to be coddleing slackers who think my class is an easy A. (It is if you come to class and read the damn book.) I don’t have time during the semester to force you to go to class. I don’t have time to force you to study for tests. I don’t have time to personally call you and give you the assignments if you didn’t go to class. You are legally adults. Try to act like it.
When I went to college, I knew my exam schedule weeks in advance. If I missed an exam (only once) I knew what I had to do to resolve the issue. I took responsibility for my education.
This is not high school anymore. I don’t have to pass you. I won’t if you don’t do the work.
You are college students. You are supposed to be the smart ones in the world.
Act like it!