Opinion: Final exams vs. Final projects

 With finals coming up, which is better? Doing a final exam or doing a final project? These columnists weigh in.

All the work, minus the test anxiety

By Matt Thomas

I’ve never been one to prefer final exams, and I am sure that I am in the majority when I say this: Finals are stressful. I understand that professors use these as tools to measure just how much a student has learned over the course of the semester, but that doesn’t make them any easier.

Many times, final exams are cumulative– meaning the test is over material covered in class from the last three months, not just the last couple o

Of course, if the student has successfully mastered the material in the past, they will most likely be able to recall that information at a later date, like the final exam, but many times, even good students can simply fall prey to forgetfulness and test anxiety d

Final projects, on the other hand, can require just as much work and effort as a final exam, but can eliminate the student’s apprehension of being tested over a semester’s worth of material in a two-hour exam period. These projects can also let the student showcase what they’ve learned in the class more creatively as opposed to being tested.

As a future educator, I do see the value in final examinations, but I also believe that final projects are a valuable asset to determine a student’s comprehension and retention in a class. It is simply up to the individual teacher to decide which assessment outlet they believe is best.

Taking a test: the lesser of two evils

By Ashley Steeb 

Finals are one of the most stressful aspects of college.

Final exams or final projects leave a lot of students feeling angst for the next semester. Finals stress is so common that when you Google the phrase, every major news outlet offers tips on how to beat the stress.

If I had to choose which final I prefer, I would have to choose a final exam.

Call me crazy, but I think taking a test is a lot easier than working on a major project—as long as the exams do not involve math or science. 

I guess my choice is even crazier considering I have test anxiety and tend to overthink them, but I still prefer exams over projects.

Final projects take a lot of time and effort to make them worthy of a good grade.

You have to brainstorm an idea, research the idea and then implement the research into every aspect of the project. If you are a multimedia journalism major like me, you know final projects contain several different aspects, such as video editing and graphic design.

Final exams only require a few hours of studying the night before, at the most.

You study, you take the test, then you’re done. 

I am a strong advocate for the abolishment of finals, but until that day comes, I will still stick with the dreaded exam… unless it involves math.

5 ways to spice up your ramen noodles 

By Christina Ramey 

Ramen noodles have always been known as a college kid food, but plain ramen noodles can be extremely boring. If you’re going to eat as much ramen as a college kid does, then you need to get creative or it’s going to get old fast. Below are five easy and affordable ways to take your ramen from boring to yummy.

1.) One of the ways that I make my ramen different is to get some chicken from Sodex. I make my ramen like normal, and then I’ll chop up the chicken into little bit size pieces and mix it in. Then I’ll sprinkle it with a little Parmesan and heat it up for a few more minutes. It’s an easy way to make your plain chicken flavored ramen more tasteful.

2.) Another way to make your ramen more flavorful is simply by adding some shredded cheese after you make your noodles. Then heat it up again so that your cheese melts over the noodles. To finish it off, top it with bacon bits.

3.) You can use your ramen noodles to make chicken soup. After you boil your noodles, add in chicken, cabbage and carrots.

4.) You can use ramen noodles to make a beef version of the shepherd’s pie. Do this by browning ground beef with onion, then place it in a casserole dish. Sprinkle frozen peas and carrots on top and layer it with cooked ramen. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. source: www.rasmussen.edu

5.) Make spaghetti with your ramen noodles by adding marinara and Parmesan. You can also add in some basil.

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