Final preparations look different for each department

Waynesburg University is home to more than 70 academic concentrations. 

As finals week is only days away, these various majors each require a different workload from this coming finals season, and thus unique study habits are being put into action. 

Sophomore pre-medical major, Andrew Gordon, is a chemistry and anatomy tutor, and has the burden and responsibility of preparing dozens of students for their respective courses, despite covering two different sciences.

“In terms of anatomy tutoring it differs a little bit [from chemistry],” Gordon said. “Typically what I’ll tell [students] to do is actually test-centric, but I want them to prepare ahead of time, because a lot of it is memorization.”

Human Anatomy is a biology course, and General Chemistry I is in another separate science department. This course is  required for all freshmen chemistry and pre-medical majors, so Gordon must introduce healthy study habits to newcomers.

“Tutoring for chemistry can be different in the regard that it’s not quantitative or qualitative, it’s kind of both,” Gordon said. “There are concepts you need to know, there are equations you need to memorize and math problems you need to solve. But you also need to know the purpose behind those equations and the purpose behind the big picture in all the concepts you’re studying.”

Moving over to the Business Administration Department, business students have their fair share of mathematics required for their studies. However, unlike chemistry’s stoichiometry conversions and enthalpy equations, business majors have to calculate simple ratios, addition and subtraction problems for their concepts.

“Start early. Stay on track,” Isaac Nice, sophomore accounting major said. “If you start early then you know how well you’re set for finals later … study hard in the first little bit, then you can gauge how much time you actually have later on.”

Nice also explained how business majors have a decent amount of group work, and said  working well with peers through projects to study groups is how to “get on the right track.”

Nursing is the largest department among all academic disciplines at the university, as is the workload for most nursing students. Sophomore nursing major Micah Kurka is facing a barrage of tests going into the final weeks of the semester.

“Clinicals, tests, everything, you name it … every single day,” Kurka said. “So, for Monday until Thursday, it’ll be a test every single day, maybe even two; but, this week is kind of my preparatory week.”

Kurka said sophomore year thrusted significant amounts of information his way about different diseases and topics of critical thinking in nursing.

Sophomore nursing major Allegra Ochs emphasizes the importance of taking good notes as studying will become easier with the information already at hand.

“A lot of my nursing peers make quizlets often because our finals are cumulative and they’re pretty tough,” Ochs said. “I wouldn’t say the information is difficult, it’s just a lot, and it can be overwhelming. I have five finals next week, so I’m taking them one day at a time so I don’t get overwhelmed.”

Finals may only be days away, but the studying has been an ongoing process for students, and the hard work of the entire semester is yet to be paid off.