Thursday, 16 January 2014

I have made up my mind

In my November post I said I was not sure if I thought January exams were a good idea or not.
After taking exams in January I can safely say, they are not a good idea, at least not the way ours were conducted.

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The Christmas holidays were spent revising, however, even when I took Christmas day and New Year’s Eve off, it was really hard to relax. Exam stress is quite consistent; it does not take a day off. First day back from the holidays we had our first exam and now in the second week back at University, I am absolutely exhausted. We have not had a proper break which in my opinion was quite important considering how tough and demanding this term is going to be for us final years.

I am one of the representatives for our third year and throughout the holidays I got emails from my fellow class-mates saying how distressed they were and if there was anything that could be done.

I know that if we did not have January exams we would have had to give all our exams in May, however, we would have had more time and would have had a lot more energy if allowed to give exams in May.

I think the school should ask students before making decisions like this or instead, if third and second year students are used to May exams, they should be allowed to complete the course the same way they started it, the same way they are used to and the first years who are new to the system, get to try the new system of January exams.

I know a lot of Universities have January exams, but those same Universities also give their students revision extra time and then extra time off too.

On a more positive note, I hope you have a lovely Christmas break and if you had exams in January, I hope they went well. 

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