Under Pressure Essay

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A student’s main goal is to acquire knowledge and use what they learn make advances towards the future. Each and every student has his or her own way of learning. Some students learn better by attending lecture and taking notes, while others would learn more by reading a textbook. However, one thing that all students have in common is that they do not perform well under pressure. A reporting on research from Colorado Christian University in 2012 stated that “stress in college students can affect the ability to concentrate, and there have been studies conducted that prove that stress interferes with a student’s ability to concentrate” (CCU).
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One of the benefits of allowing students to choose if they want to take lab classes or not would be that there would be more flexibility. A three-hour lab class can easily conflict with a student’s ability to enroll in a class. Usually the favorable lab classes fill up fast and students end up with labs from 8 A.M-11 A.M or even 6 P.M-10 P.M on a Friday night. Students will sometimes schedule their labs back to back to get the labs out of the way all on the same day, but this can cause a student to overexert himself or herself. Jeffrey Hang a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major says, “I think the labs are a waste of time. I’m not going to go to medical school so why do I have to take these biology labs”. Some will argue that most students who take general biology are planning on going to go to medical school so all students who enroll in biology should be required to enroll in a lab. However, not all the students who are taking general biology plan on going to medical school, in fact they are taking the class to fulfill a college requirement.
Giving students the option to enroll in a lab class will result in more benefit than harm. It will take little to no time to enact the change in policy; it can be enforced as soon as next quarter. This change will help the student rather than hinder their ability to learn in the classroom. The faculty will see little to no changes in their lives. Some people will say that by making labs optional there will be fewer students enroll in the labs and the school would lose money as a result but that is not true. With less lab sessions required less teaching assistants would be needed to facilitate the labs. Fewer students in lab would also result in less damaged or lost equipment, which the school already pays for. Another way to alleviate the deficit in maintaining the lab would be to raise the lab fee for each lab. While this seems like a way of punishing students who have to take lab, the school can give a small refund back to the student at the end of the quarter if he or she took care of their equipment.
Other colleges such as the University of California San Diego and University of California Los Angeles do not couple their lab class along with their lecture class, instead the lab class is offered as its own class students can choose when to enroll in the labs. Some will argue that UCR could do the same, but this is ineffective because it does not completely solve the problem. Students will...

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