A lot of things change from school to college, but exams and academics remain. In the first semester- with new surroundings, new possibilities and a lot of changes to adjust to- studying understandably, takes a back seat for most students. After a few months of getting used to pretty much an entirely new life, dawn the semester exams and the realisation that university papers, datesheets and exams are another foreign concept and with all the other activities having taken the centre-stage, they were never given much thought. This is enough to make a lot of people worry about the fate of their marks.
This year, a certain group of first-semester students have another dilemma to complicate things further- two exams on the same day. A group of semester 1 students studying B.Com (H) have their papers for Introductory Microeconomics and Financial Accounting scheduled on 26th November. A similar issue was faced by some semester 1 students last year as well when two of their papers were within 24 hours of each other, with Environmental Studies in the afternoon and Mathematical Methods for Economics the next day in the morning.
Naturally, these occurrences cause a lot of anguish to students, but at the same time, they aren’t as uncommon as you may think, with cases like these popping up every few semesters. The only two ways out of this situation are either to notify the authorities and protest against it to get them to change the datesheet, or to deal with it. The latter sounds impossible but really isn’t.
However, it is unfair for the authorities to not be sympathetic to the state of mind of most students around examinations, and not just with respect to less time for dedicated preparation for that subject available to them. It is a general experience that giving an examination is exhausting, and no matter how well or little you slept the night before, you tend to feel drained by the end of the three hours and want to go back to atleast a few hours of relaxation before you start preparing for the next exam. For students to be expected to sit for another examination after a tiring three hours of writing for one, and to be expected to retain everything they studied for both subjects is unfair and something that must be avoided, given that the marks of both subjects count towards the final percentage, and eventually, the overall percentage at the end of all semesters.
It is advisable for the affected party to gather as many voices of support and approach the authorities about the issue and get them to change the datesheet. If that doesn’t happen, then we have our best wishes and the counsel to start studying right away and wrap up preparation before the D-day arrives to offer to them.
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