ESU Tackles Finals


As the fifteenth week of the semester approaches, East Stroudsburg University (ESU) students prepare for their final exams, projects, and papers.

The stress of juggling several courses worth of work can be overbearing and difficult to handle.

Some students organize themselves before finals week arrives, but other students cannot manage to complete their work to their fullest potential because of their lack of time.

Luckily, ESU has several changes for students to take advantage while tackling their school work.

Dr. Edward Owusu-Ansah, Dean of the Library and University Collections, sent a mass electronic mail message (E-mail) to all ESU students announcing the “Kemp Library will be open 24 hours beginning 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4 through 5 p.m. Friday, May 17 to support work in the week before finals and studies during finals week.”

Although Dr. Owusu-Ansah encouraged all students to take advantage of this, one student at ESU felt differently about the opportunity.

Jenna Burt, an ESU student majoring in communication studies, said, “I probably won’t utilize the library just because I don’t really have time for that and I don’t live close enough to just go study at the library.”

The Writing Studio, located inside the Kemp Library at ESU, encourages students to utilize the studio’s help during finals week.

A bulletin board located  on the third floor in the Stroud Building announces “Final Paper Push!” between May 6,  and May 10, 2013. The studio is known to help with pre-writing, thesis statements, organization, development, punctuation, and style to name a few.

The tutors are also able to help with MLA formatting and constructing a works cited page.

Teresa Tonkin, an ESU student studying professional media and writing, has never been to the Writing Studio in her four years attending the university.

Tonkin said, “Although I have never been to the studio, I do plan on going this Friday because I am able to get extra credit on a final paper of mine.”

After receiving help from the tutors at the Writing Studio, a student visit record, also known as “the golden ticket,” is forwarded to professors, which explains what work was done during the session.

Since most students like Tonkin do not utilize the writing studio, teachers offer extra credit to those who make the trip and utilize the help given.

Occasionally, ESU professors allow time in class to complete their final projects.

This is extremely useful for a number of reasons.

This opportunity allows students to ask questions of the teacher without trying to schedule an appointment outside of class, or discuss concerns through E-mail.

Completing a final project in class also allows students to utilize their peers in class to project different ideas and discuss changes that could be made.

The experience offers a multitude of positive aspects to the students, as well as the professor.  Professors are able to monitor the work of their students while in class, as well as provide answers to those in need of help.

Overall, allowing time in class gives students and professors the opportunity to communicate together and produce quality work.

Since the fifteenth week of the semester is rapidly approaching, and more and more students are tackling the work that they have yet to complete because of procrastination or lack of time.

Fortunately for ESU students, the university has incorporated several systems to help prepare thems for the stressful last week of the semester.

Although these opportunities are offered, more students need to take advantage of these changes that are intended to help relieve the stress.

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