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Final Countdown?

Lately, I’ve seen various BU countdowns.

Students are proclaiming the end on Twitter:

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Even the Sports, Recreation, and Fitness Center (SuRF) is reminding students there’s not much time left:

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The Writing Center got on the bandwagon:

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You may have even spoken to your student about how “close the end of the semester ” is. The point I want to make is that although students seem to be keenly aware that the number of “class days” remaining can be counted on one hand, what they should be doing over the next week and a half until final exams might not be so clear.

Here’s how the rest of the semester plays out:

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Another way to put it is: final exams begin next Friday, April 25. Some students have two major exams scheduled next Friday. Yikes! When your you speak to your student this week or see them over the long weekend, ask about preparation for finals: What is the game plan for completing the end of semester course work as well as beginning to tackle finals? When are exams scheduled?

It is not too late to create a plan of action for finals week. Only focusing on completing the semester can distract from the reality that studying for finals cannot wait until those “four days” of classes are complete. At that point, finals will be here.

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About Cassie

I'm the Director of the Writing Center and Director of Parent Communications at Bellarmine University.

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