Change in exams schedule brings complaints but a positive side is there
December 15, 2011 • Alex Ernst, Junior Turret Writer
Filed under Editorials
Every semester here at CBC, students come to face with one of their most dreaded enemies, the exams.
In the past, exams have taken up four days. The schedule has been two exams per day with an exception of having one exam and Mass on the second day. However, this year, the administration has decided to make a whole new schedule.
Instead of having four days of exams, there will only be three, and the first two exams will take place on Friday, December 16. There will be an advisory period, followed by exams for periods one and two. Tuesday, December 20, has the same schedule, except with the exams for periods six and seven.
The real difference is that on Monday, December 19, there will be three exams; periods three, four, and five. Unlike in the past when students have only had to worry about having a max of two exams per day, there are now three exams on one day.
This has brought a lot of questioning coming from students, and many are unhappy with the new schedule.
For downsides, there is the obvious fact that there are three exams on one day. Also, unlike in the past, school does not start late at 9:00. Instead, it starts at the usual 8:05.
However, before anyone can write off this new exam schedule, they should take a look at the benefits it provides. The most obvious benefit to this schedule is that there will only be three days of exams.
For those who don’t think this is such a big deal, just remember this; if the schedule was not changed, then there would be an extra day of school cutting into the Christmas break. Without this change, you would be stuck at school one more day this year.
Plus, the day that there are three exams is on Monday, so at least the administration gave everyone the weekend to study for three exams, as opposed to one night.
The best benefit this schedule brings though is that it gives every student an advisory period on two of the days. This period gives all students a chance to review one last time for their exams, and a chance to ask any last minute questions to their teachers.
Most students are taking it the same way though, and ignoring the positives. I personally have yet to hear a student talk up the new schedule. Many are just complaining that they now have to study for three exams for a day instead of two.
Before you completely write off this new exam schedule, try to look at the bright sides. Besides, it is not like there is any way to change it now, so you might as well make the most of it. Just remember, you have three exams on one day this year, so don’t forget to study.
Finally, good luck to everyone on their exams, and have a Merry Christmas afterwards.