Students preparing for finals week



Bakersfield College student and tutor Bradley Knabe studies in the BC Tutoring Center on his computer.

Mason J. Rockfellow, Reporter

As the spring semester comes to an end at Bakersfield College, some students dread finals week, some don’t seem to mind it, some think it is a necessity to make sure that you have learned and retained the information, and some students shared other thoughts on the matter.

Kimberly Hulloa, 19, film studies major, said that finals doesn’t really stress or have an effect on her.

“I think they should be worth 30 percent of your grade,” said Hulloa, when asked what grade percentage a final should be worth. To help prepare for finals, Hulloa likes to drink some coffee and then gets to studying.

Child development major Melissa Warick, 22, said that finals do stress her out. Warick does a few different things to help deal with the stress that is brought on by finals. Warick will go walking, read books, and paint to help with the stress.

As far as finals go, Warick doesn’t even think there should be finals.

“No finals, just the regular work,” said Warick.

Bradley Knabe, 22, chemistry major, said that finals are a very stressful time of the semester, but he also makes time for himself so that he doesn’t just stress out the whole time.

“Yes, a million assignments, essays, and everything is due at the last minute, it’s very stressful,” said Knabe. “I make time to relax, watch TV, hang out with friends…try and take time to not worry about what is stressing me.”

Knabe said sometimes depending on the class the final is worth too much of the grade.

“I think 10 percent is fair, but when it gets to be 20 to 30 percent, I think it’s a little ridiculous,” he said.

Marco Macias, 19, biology major, said finals usually don’t bother him, but he’s feeling stress this semester. Macias said he likes to work out and use cannabis to deal with the stress that is triggered by finals. Macias also said that he thinks that finals should be worth 60 percent of your grade, due to the fact that by the end of the semester you should know the material and if you don’t then you haven’t retained the information.

“I kind of like the difficulty,” said Macias.

One student who isn’t dreading finals week is Daniel Barajas, 20, psychology major.

“Not at all, I’m looking forward to it,” said Barajas.

He also believes that finals are a test of the material you have been learning all semester long.

“Do you know your stuff or not?” Barajas said.

“I think they should be scaled higher…a good 40 percent…stuff like participation doesn’t matter as much,” said Barajas, when asked if finals are fair and what percentage a final should be worth.

To help him study, Barajas reads his notes and material out loud to himself.

“I usually won’t plan anything or go anywhere so I can focus on finals,” said Karisma Normandin, 19, theater arts major.

When asked if finals are worth a fair percentage, Normandin said, “I think teachers are pretty lenient, at least the teachers I’ve had so far.”

Normandin likes to study in the order of which final comes first so that she can take each one as it comes.

“I’ll take it class by class,” said Normandin.

Beck Elliot, 19, theater arts major, thinks that it’s fair for a final to take a good chunk, but if it gets over 50 percent it’s not fair anymore.

“I think it’s fair and reasonable to take up 20 to 30 percent,” said Elliot.