How Hard Should Final Exams Be?

How Hard Should Final Exams Be?

How are are the finals suppose to be and what is the expected average grade that we should aim for?

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There's no doubt in saying that the finals were a complete pain for everyone in the world. Students, professors, and staff all cooperating with each other in order to pass the finals season. For us, winter doesn't mean the happy holidays, it means the countless hours of studying, stress, and misery. When we do finish taking our final exams, we feel even more anxious while waiting for the exam scores to come. However when the exam scores came out it really shocked me to see that the average score on most of my exams were either a C or a low B and considering that the final usually accounts for more than one-fifth of our total semester grade, this score isn't pleasant at all. Our GPA will not be coming out above 3.0 if our final exams really do reflect on how much of the course material we learned.

Everyone learns at a different pace. Some struggle with the learning material while others may excel at it without any help from others. The learning style of each student is also different; some learn by learning, some learn by engaging, and some learn from just reading the textbook. So it's fair to say that even if all the students put in the same amount of effort into a class, the proficiency of each student on the course material will differ by a significant margin depending on how well a professor teaches his/her class.

Everyone wants to earn an A+ on their final exam but it's clear that an average score of A+ on a final exam is practically impossible given that everyone has a different proficiency level of the course material unless the final exam is super easy which I highly doubt any professor would let his/her students off the hook that easily. However an average score of a D or low C is equally bad because it demonstrates that the professor either didn't teach the course material to the students well enough or the scope of the final exam is beyond the things students learned in lectures. So what should be the optimal final average?

Coming out of the final exam season I saw that many of my exams were not a very great assessment of my proficiency levels in that course material as every single final exam I took has lead me dropping my semester grade before including the final exam grade despite getting above average on most of my exams. What shocked me was that the average grade on exams were near the edge of failing the course, meaning that there was a significant fraction of students who failed the course if the final exam really does reflect how well we knew the course material. This is not a matter of how high or how low the average final should be, it should be a matter of how well the finals reflect the student's abilities and course knowledge more than anything else. If the final exam has it that a large part of the class is failing the course, either most of the students are slacking or there's serious misinterpretation on how well the students know the course material on the professor's part. So in the end how hard should the final exams be? It should be hard enough so that we the students know how to do each problem on the exam.

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10 Starbucks Secret Menu Drinks You Need To Try, And How To Order Them

You can't get pumpkin spice all year long, so try one of these until fall.

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Everyone loves Starbuck's, but most of the time you get the same drink. Here's a list of drinks to try out so you're not always drinking the same thing!

Apple Pie Frappuccino

How to order:

- Fill first line with Cream Base

- Fill second line with Apple Juice

- Add Cinnamon Dolce Syrup (1-3 pumps depending on size)

- Add Caramel Syrup

Virgin Margarita

How to order:

- Pour cool lime to the first line

- Lemonade to the second line

- Add a Grande scoop of ice

- Add a classic syrup (1-3 pumps depending on size)

- Add Cream base and Blend

Chai Cookie Latte 

How to order:

- Order a Chai Tea Latte

- Add extra Chai Syrup (1-3 pumps depending on size)

- Add Hazelnut Syrup (1-3 pumps depending on size)

- Add Java Chips

- Top with Hazelnut Syrup and Cinnamon Dolce Sprinkles

Candy Cane Frappuccino 

How to order:

- Order a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino

- Add Peppermint Syrup (1-3 pumps depending on size)

Skinny Mint

How to order:

- Order a Green Tea Frappuccino with Soy Milk

- Sweetened with Splenda

- Add Peppermint Syrup (1-3 pumps depending on size)

Marble Mocha Macchiato 

How to Order:

- Order a Caramel Macchiato

- Add White Mocha with no whip cream

- Add a shot of Expresso and Mocha Drizzle to the top

Apple Peach Lemonade

How to order:

- Fill first line with Lemonade

- Fill second line with Apple Juice

- Add Peach Syrup (1-3 pumps depending on size)

Raspberry Cheesecake Frappuccino

How to order:

- Order a White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino

- Add Raspberry Syrup (1-3 pumps depending on size)

Warm Sugar Cookie

How to order:

- Order White Mocha Hot Chocolate

- Add Hazelnut Syrup (1-3 pumps depending on size)

- Add Vanilla Syrup (1-3 pumps depending on size)

- Add Raw Sugar on top

Butterbeer Latte 

How to order:

- Order a Whole Milk Steamer

- Add Caramel Syrup (2-4 pumps depending on size)

- Add Toffee Nut Syrup (2-4 pumps depending on size)

- Add Cinnamon Dolce Syrup (2-4 pumps depending on size)

- Add Whip Cream and Salted Caramel Bits

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Everything You Need To Know About The Government Shutdown

The longest government shutdown in history will impact every American.

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In the early morning hours of December 22, the longest government shutdown in United States history began. At this writing, the government has been shut down for 24 days -- and counting.

The current shutdown revolves around President Trump's request for over five billion dollars to fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall, which he sees as a necessary response to the "massive Humanitarian Crisis" taking place at the southern border -- the flow of migrants from Central America. Democrats in Congress, who fervently deny the severity of the situation, refuse to allocate funds towards a wall, instead looking to negotiate other measures for border security. Unable to pass bipartisan spending legislation, the government remains closed.But what exactly is a shutdown, and what does it mean for ordinary Americans?

A government shutdown occurs when the annual appropriations bills that fund several government agencies and programs fail to reach passage by both Congress and the president. Congress is in charge of creating these bills, and each year the president must sign them into law in order to fund the government for a new fiscal period. In October, at the beginning of the current fiscal year, only a few of the necessary appropriations bills were enacted, and Congress had until December 21 to enact the rest. However, due to congressional infighting and the President's incessant demands for a wall, the government failed to reach a spending agreement by the deadline, and a shutdown ensued.

Without appropriated funds, any departments or agencies deemed "non-essential" are put on hold under a government shutdown. This means that many federal workers, including those within the Food and Drug Administration and National Park Service, are furloughed, or put on temporary leave without pay. The remaining employees, who work in departments or agencies considered "essential," are forced to work without pay until appropriations are made by Congress and the President. Once the government is open again, they will receive their missed checks in back pay.

Put simply, the 800,000 Americans who work for departments affected by the shutdown have been without a paycheck for almost an entire month now. In past weeks, several of these workers have taken to Washington to protest the shutdown and have appeared on television to voice their frustrations. Forced to deplete their savings to make ends meet, they worry about how they'll make their next mortgage payment and keep their families fed. Paying for daycare services for infants, or college tuition for young adults, has become almost impossible for some.

And government employees aren't the only Americans affected by the shutdown. Though social security checks are sent out and Medicare is paid for, the issuance of insurance cards could cease, meaning that those newly eligible for Medicare could be turned away. Hundreds of sites with hazardous waste or polluted drinking water will go uninspected by the EPA. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, responsible for feeding thousands of impoverished families, cannot last another two months without funding.

Perhaps the scariest effect of the shutdown is its impact on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), responsible for screening passengers at airports. Since the shutdown began, airports across the country have dealt with a shortage of staff, causing long lines and massive travel delays. George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Texas and Miami International Airport in Florida have both been forced to close entire terminals in response to a staffing shortage. On January 14, TSA spokesman Michael Biello tweeted that TSA "experienced a national rate of 7.6 percent unscheduled absences compared to a 3.2 percent rate one year ago, Monday, January 15, 2018." Although the agency claims that security has not been compromised during the shutdown, the lack of workers leaves many travellers skeptical.

As President Trump continues to exploit the "crisis" at the border (see the televised address) and top Democrats defend the merits of legal immigration, it is unclear just how long the shutdown will continue. In the House, Democrats have passed spending bills supporting the immediate re-opening of affected federal departments, but such bills have not yet been brought to the Republican-controlled Senate. There have been no meetings scheduled between the White House and congressional staff, and Trump has abandoned his idea of declaring a national emergency. It seems the only thing left to do is wait.

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