Opinion: Dead week needs a do-over

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Dead week is supposed to be a week of catching up and reviewing for finals, but Doane doesn’t do it that way.

From my experiences, the supposed dead week is usually filled with last-minute lessons, final homework assignments, and the lack of the often needed review time that students are expected to cram into our last weekend before finals.

Of course, students should be staying on top of things and studying throughout the year, but that usually isn’t the case.

With an average full-time student taking at least 12 credit hours, though some opt for 15, 18, or more credits, it becomes hard to balance a personal life with college requirements.

Professors and colleges constantly preach the need for balance between academics, social life and leisure time, but doing that is not as easy as it seems.

My question is what exactly is dead week?

The name would suggest that classes would be lighter on teaching and homework, and emphasize the review aspect.

If dead week is meant to be a full week of preparing students for the dreaded final week, why does it amount to just a normal school week with the looming threat of finals with no time to prep in advance?

Dead week needs to be structured to suit students’ schedules more.

I would propose a full week of review.

Many classes don’t do a cumulative final assessment (I’m not complaining), so this suggestion might be in vain for those professors.

For the classes that go over every single lesson over the semester and expect their students to know everything, they need to be more open to a week of review.

Students aren’t taking just one class, and professors can’t be expecting their students to know every single thing from every single class over a semester.

I believe this is simply unrealistic.

Students need to be able to succeed, and a review week would be a great stride in that direction.

I believe that with a dropoff in homework assignments and new information, students would be much less stressed about finals week. They would feel prepared for their big tests and would be in a better mood headed home for the holidays or summer.

The goal of a college education is to teach, not to test.

If professors are setting their students up for failure, they themselves are failing at their job.