University officials recently approved a time change for both the amount of weeks in a semester as well as the length of time set aside for finals.
One aspect of this decision, beginning in fall 2013, will be compacting all finals into one week, instead of the current week and a half, a change that will greatly benefit students.
Combining the previous two weeks for finals into one week will be useful for students.
By the end of the semester, students become worn out and ready for a break.
However, another helpful change for students would be giving them an entire week without classes to prepare for finals, instead of just “dead day.”
A five-day finals week will reduce the stress caused by the exhaustion of studying non-stop for two weeks.
However, by implementing a “dead week” instead of just one day, students will perform better on their finals.
The University presently designates the Monday of the first finals week for the students to study uninterrupted for finals.
This helpful time should be extended a full seven days for students.
A week would not only give students more time to prepare, but also provide time to rest between the busy semester and impending finals.
Other universities in Texas hold “dead week” instead of dead day. Texas Christian University, the University of North Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Women’s University are only a few universities that provide students with a week free of classes to study.
According to a feature in TWU’s student newspaper, The Lasso, the dead week was very helpful to students.
Lisa Quinones, executive assistant to the vice president of TWU, said that her daughter looked forward to dead week because she enjoyed having a break before the final push to finals week.
Changing the current two weeks of finals into one week is useful for students stressed out from the semester.
Extending dead day into dead week, however, would also improve students’ performance on finals and help the semester to flow more easily by setting aside more time to study.