The regulations of the university state: at the end of each semester, teachers have to prepare a final exam of two parts. The first part consists of three essay questions where students have to choose two out of them. The second part consists of a case study with two mandatory questions.
The agony begins while I am searching for a case study. Now confused is the least thing I can say about how I would be feeling. How can all these characteristics be found in one case study!?
1- The case has to be short, so that students don’t lose interest.
2- The case has to be solved within an hour and a half (read and solved).
3- The case has to have a very, very, very, very basic English language for all students to understand it and avoid questions like: Ms. what does “poverty” mean???
4- The case has to have enough arguments to guide the answers of the students.
5- The case has to be related to the chapters that are going to be included in the final exam.
6- The case has to tackle a topic that is not gender sensitive to avoid comments by male students such as:“Ms. why did you choose a case study on Revlon; this is a topic that only girls know about”. I could not believe it, guys are knowledgeable about cosmetics when it comes to their girlfriends no?
7- The case has to be of a topic that all students are familiar with. Which is completely impossible since students don’t have time to read, again as per their words.
8- The case has to be chosen from a reputable or academic source. Which contradicts the second point where the English level has to be very, very, very, very basic.
9- The answers of the questions should be available in the slides presented in class. I mean come on! Seriously?
10- The answers of the questions should not be too long, students will simply answer half of the questions. And they have the nerve to tell me: “Ms. why did we get a lower grade than expected?!” When I reply, because your answers were incomplete. The reply would be : “True Ms. the answers were too long and we were in a hurry (running for a meeting, seeing a girlfriend/boyfriend, got hungry, it’s summer time, it’s raining, we live far away from the uni, etc…), besides why did you ask such questions?”
Well my dear students, as you can see, preparing a final exam takes an extremely long time, and is very annoying, exhausting, agonizing, simply it is not fun because the requirements are not easy to match.
I just felt like sharing my thoughts with you, since this time, and for the first time, I ran out of ideas, and I had to post on twitter than I am looking for a case study!
Hope after reading this, you will walk the extra mile and work a bit harder to get good grades and show me that you had time to study.
Wishing you all good luck!
Love you all