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Some final exams get creative

10 December 2012

For visitors from outside the United States, The Daily Pennsylvanian is the student newspaper at The University of Pennsylvania. All across the United States, university students have been and are taking semester final exams.

From The Daily Pennsylvanian:

While most students at Penn usually associate finals with memorizing facts or churning out a last-minute paper, others have more creative hurdles to jump over to complete their courses.

From imagining hypothetical historical scenarios to designing robot games, finals can vary widely.

Wharton and College sophomore Tony Goo is taking one such class. Mélanie Péron, Goo’s professor for “French Civilization from Beginning to 1789,”asked students to select a point of divergence in French history and imagine the consequences if the alternative had happened.

“Our final project was very interesting, and definitely more enjoyable than a regular final exam,” Goo said. “Rather than memorizing facts, [we] interpret what we know.”

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Meanwhile, students in Elizabeth Van Doren’s “Advanced Writing for Children” class were told to create their own versions of the material they had been studying all year and write the first sixty pages of a novel as their final.

“It was a fantastic experience,” College of Liberal and Professional Studies student Adva Biton said of the writing project. “I could let my imagination run free.”

In addition to letting her creativity flow, Biton believes the class gave her exactly the feedback mechanism she needed to succeed in writing the novel.

“If it was a typical final, you go in with what you know, and come out with a grade, without any real explanation of how you got it,” she said. “We have had continual feedback throughout the semester, so I knew my strengths and weaknesses, and all I had to do was execute.”

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One Comments to “Some final exams get creative”

  1. Cool. This is rewarding innovation and creativity, rather than just memory and compliance.


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