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Helping Students Balance Stress
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“In the working world after graduation, it is more likely that
individuals will continually evaluate their own performance or
have their performance evaluated as part of a team,
compared to academic practice, which too often evaluates
the individual in relationship to their peers’ performance and
which creates a competitive environment that may
discourage collaboration.”
—Staff member, Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence
“I’ve noticed a real increase in ‘false-alarm’ students.
Students give made-up excuses to get out of exams, get
extensions. This is very disturbing and I don’t know how to
deal with this. It is definitely an issue now.”
—Professor, Horticulture
Suggestions
Test exams on a colleague before they go out to students.
Students get stressed when there are mistakes in an
exam.
Consider untimed exams. While this is vital for students
with some learning disabilities, it can also reduce tension
for mainstream students.
Consider providing practice exams or old exams or review
sessions for an exam.
Establish a formalized mechanism through which students
can appeal project/paper deadlines or ask for an exam