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Helping Students Balance Stress
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“I’m in a few classes where I have a lot of assignments worth
10 percent of my grade. I take them seriously, but it’s not as
stressful. Also, a few of my professors give out a review
outline. As silly as it sounds, even if the professor just lists off
the major themes of what you need to know, at least you
have a checklist of sorts when studying.”
—Arts and Sciences Student
Test in the same manner in which you teach. Be sure that a
test measures what students have learned. Provide specific
feedback and corrective opportunities. Grade inflation is a
problem—95 percent of students think that they are failing if
they don’t get all As. On the other hand, a mean of 30 can be
psychologically devastating. Negotiating flexibility can be
difficult while also striving for academic excellence.
“When the average score in the class is 40 to 50, that causes
tension. When the mean is 70 to 75, the atmosphere is much
calmer and there’s a better flavor in the class. Students feel
picked upon when the scores are low, and the class is seen as
a weeder class.”
—Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior, former Dean of Faculty