Dear Professors, tests don't help
By Stefanie Wheeler, FNCU Editor
Every semester during midterms and finals, students begin to acquire extremely unhealthy habits to prepare for these intimidating tests that comprise the majority of their grade. All nighters, excessive caffeine, adderall, cramming…these are not foreign study tactics to most college students who are determined to tell their parents they got all A's and B's for the semester.
In light of my midterm week coming to a close, I am suddenly extremely hostile towards the idea of midterms and finals. Not to say that I haven't dreaded them for the past three years, but now that it's my senior year, I'm finding them even more burdening and irrelevant to my future.
College is supposed to prepare you for the job market, right? You know, that “real world” we've heard referenced a billion times in our lives when adults are essentially trying to tell us our lives are going to suck one day. Well, I've had jobs and internships throughout college and I've yet to have to spit out everything I learned over three moth's time in a little blue book answering arbitrary questions about theories and applications from the eighteenth century. Nor have I had to draw the light spectrum and talk about UV and Gamma Rays, or whatever that was I learned in Astrophysics last Spring.
Jobs have “tests” in a much different fashion that do not require you to answer 5 out of the 7 essay questions or decide whether the following statements are true or false and explain why. In the “real world” every day is a test. Deadlines are tests. Reviews are tests. Projects are tests.
I know that colleges need to have some way to measure students' progress, someway to remind you that the kid sitting next to you is way smarter because he can regurgitate details from every lecture from the semester and form them into a perfectly articulate essay in the allotted time. And about that, professors please stop giving the oh so annoying time countdown every five minutes. That will not help my argument on the progression of mass consumption in the post WWII America.