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Examining a fix for finals panic

Examining a fix for finals panic

January 15
23:48 2013

During my first year at UNT, I was just beginning to get involved with my major.  But as the semester began to wind down, the stress of final exams started to creep in.

I studied hard, and was confident that I would end the semester on a high note. The night before one of my biggest exams, I decided to double check the exam time.

The exam was eight o’clock in the morning—three days ago. Cue the instant panic. I had completely missed the final exam.

How had I written down the wrong date in my calendar? Will my professor be willing to give me a second chance? How am I going to fix this? I felt like I had ruined a semester’s worth of work, all because I had written down the wrong date.

As you can probably see from my experience, the exam schedule can be a source of added stress for some UNT students.

Especially for students transitioning from high school or students who have outside schedules to work around, navigating finals week with changing class times can be a challenge.

Despite the confusion, students need to be responsible and find out the exam times beforehand.

The exam schedule is posted on UNT’s website at the beginning of the semester, and most professors include the exam time for that class on the syllabus.

But perhaps UNT could eliminate this confusion by changing the way final exam week works.

Classes could follow the typical week schedule and administer exams during those times instead of changing the schedule.

Most students take other exams during the semester during the allotted class time, and having final exams during those times as well could be a more stable schedule to rely on.

It’s a small change, but during finals week, eliminating even a little bit of stress can go a long way.

The schedule would work for all class times. Students would go through finals week, attending classes as normal and could use extra time to study. Even for shorter, 50-minute classes, the exam could be split into two parts to accommodate the schedule.

It’s just an idea, but a new schedule would allow for life to continue as normal for students and staff.

In the end of the missed-final saga, my gracious professor agreed to meet with me and let me take a make-up exam. It was definitely a lesson learned.  Students can hope for a simplified exam schedule, but it only takes a little more effort and planning to find out exam times.

Lauren Williamson is a journalism senior. She can be reached at

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  1. David Williamson
    David Williamson January 16, 17:02

    Good suggestion. It can be confusing to have a class on M,W,F and have the final on a Tuesday!

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