By Xu | March 21, 2013
The fact that no one in my class managed to finish the statistics midterm in the time given raises some questions…as well as some hope.
When I first received the midterm today, the first thought that I had was that it was doable. A reasonable length with fair questions, I expected to be done and out by the end of the period. Imagine my surprise when, with only a minute remaining, I am still scribbling furiously with two questions remaining.
Turning my paper in brought about immediate depression. My grade was surely doomed, I thought. Not only had I failed to complete all questions, but the two remaining were short-response format that guaranteed a heavy loss of points. When complaining to others about my predicament, however, I found that all of the other people in the class were facing the same scenario.
To be honest, it is a great relief to know that others also did not finish. It prevents me from embarking on a self-deprecating journey that questions my academic competence. Though the knowledge that I studied hard for the exam makes me feel a bit better.
I am hoping that my teacher (who truly loves what she does) notices that the students were rushed for time. Though I usually do not depend on grading curves, I would rather lose points for not understanding concepts rather than leaving questions blank because of a lack of time. This is truly an academically frustrating turn of events.
In high school, I was never so aware of the importance of tests due to the padding offered by homework. The sink-or-swim theme of college can be a great burden at times, but I just have to accept that it ultimately makes me a stronger student in the end.
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