Q: “What do I have to know for the final.”

A: If you’re asking this question you need to know more than you can possibly learn in the week from this last class to when the final is.

About as simple as I can make this situation, but I like to write so I’ll flesh this out a bit.

My understanding is this: Tests (or more specifically exams) are activities which instructors use in order to test a student’s knowledge of the subject manner which they are supposed to have been studying.  This in my opinion implies that a student has actually been studying the subject manner that the instructor has been going over.  This implication then means that a student must actually know everything of the subject manner in order to be prepared for the final meaning a student should have already studied and know all of the material fairly well by the time the final comes up.

What I always see though instead of this is students wasting their time and the instructor’s time in class not dealing with any of the subject matter at all until two weeks before a test or exam comes up.  Suddenly everyone starts to worry about their grades, their understanding of the material and what the subject matter is of the class even. Questions like the above are asked in class wasting even more time for the class and the instructor.

Instead of wasting the time of everyone involved, why don’t we actually pay attention in class? Or better yet why don’t we just get rid of the classes and give us the books to read and the students deal with everything from there, it would be more efficient really.