The Traditions of This Time of Year

4 Dec

December has arrived, and that means we have entered a time of year filled with traditions. For many, that means getting ready for Christmas and all of the trappings that go with it. For those of us in higher education, it means something different. This is the time of year that brings End of Semester traditions. There are many, but these are just a few.Panic

This is the time of year when students:

Ask if extra credit is going to be offered.

Want to know their average going into the Final.

Try to turn in an assignment that was due a couple of months ago.

Wonder why they have been given a zero for something they didn’t turn in.

Question the grade scale even when that grade scale was explained to them on the first day.

Ask if they can take the Final early.

Say that they have another Final scheduled at the same time, which is impossible.

Want to know if they can do an extra assignment to improve their grade.

The list could go on and on, but you get the point. This is the time of year when people panic about their grade and scramble to do something about it. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when it is too late for that. There was an entire semester to get things done.

I tell all of my classes that if you do what I say and do what is in the syllabus, then you will pass the class. I guess that doesn’t sink in until this time of year.

9 Responses to “The Traditions of This Time of Year”

  1. Ash December 4, 2013 at 20:14 #

    Some people never learn how to prioritize their homework and get it down to get the grade. Learned that quickly. What you signed up for is what you get.

    • Rick December 4, 2013 at 20:21 #

      It’s not that hard to do. Just follow instructions. Thanks for commenting.

      • Ash December 4, 2013 at 20:23 #

        Agreed. No problem.

  2. Teepee12 December 4, 2013 at 21:25 #

    You mean I have to really READ all that stuff? Aw, c’mon!

    • Rick December 4, 2013 at 21:42 #

      Yeah. And write a little, too.

  3. John S December 8, 2013 at 22:39 #

    With three teenage children, one now just started university, I know exactly what you are talking about!

    • Rick December 9, 2013 at 00:18 #

      Having a child going to college is an exciting time. Where are they attending?

      • John S December 9, 2013 at 23:23 #

        My son’s now at Nottingham University. If you’re unfamiliar with the city, it’s where Robin hood came from!


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