Midterm Week Advice

Friday, Oct 8, 2021

With midterm season upon us I write with a few reminders about policies and resources for next week and beyond.  The Butler College Office is here to support you, so do not hesitate to reach out to us.  We are always happy to talk through strategies for success. 

One quick note on a common midterm question I am getting: you may have multiple midterm exams scheduled for the same day, and may be wondering if one of those can be rescheduled.  Unlike the policy governing final exams, Princeton has no formal policy for students seeking to reschedule midterms due to multiple exams on the same day.   Because midterm exams are shorter than finals and are covering one half of a term of classes, having two midterms on the same day is generally not considered unusually burdensome.  Faculty may be willing to reschedule if you have three or more on the same day. You should write directly to faculty to ask this, and you can always copy your dean.

Many of you know about the resources below already, but here are some reminders about the various avenues of academic support:

McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning

Learning Strategies Consultations: These are great sessions for planning out your approach to midterm studies and beyond.

Workshop: Midterms Test Prep & Study Strategies

Friday, October 8, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. RSVP 

The Writing Center is Offering: 

  • 50-minute In-Person Appointments: for students working on papers across the curriculum. Fellows can help at any stage in the writing process. Sign up for an appointment today!
  • 80-minute In-Person Discipline-specific Appointments for juniors doing independent work projects. Fellows can help at any stage in the writing process. Sign up for an appointment today! 
  • 50-minute Drop-In Appointments (Sunday-Thursday 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.): No appointment? No problem! Come in to New South (second floor) at 6:45 p.m. to sign up for a drop-in slot. Appointments are available on the hours between 7 and 11 p.m. First come, first served.
  • On-going Writing Partnerships: Pair up with an experienced Fellow for a standing weekly appointment to structure your junior independent work and avoid a pile-up of writing at the end of the semester. If you’re interested in setting up a partnership, write to Dr. Gen Creedon (gcreedon@princeton.edu).

Having a hard time getting an appointment? Here are some strategies that might help:

  1. Check the schedule regularly.
  2. Join the waitlist for the day(s) you are looking for appointments; then be sure to check your email regularly for notifications from the Writing Center.
  3. Seek out appointments well in advance. (The schedule shows one week at a time beginning with the current day, but you can book ahead through Dean’s Date by selecting “Next Week” at that top of the schedule).
  4. Come to sign up for a drop-in slot at 6:45 p.m. Sunday-Thursday in New South (you can sign up and then leave and come back at the time you signed up for—drop-ins are available on the hour).
  5. Please, please, please don’t let Writing Center appointments go to waste. We’ve already had a record number of no-shows this year, even as demand is at record highs. If you find you are unable to come to an appointment you’ve booked, cancel online as far in advance as possible (and at least 12 hours ahead of time). If you miss the cancellation deadline, offer your conference to a friend to avoid a no-show. Just write to writingc@princeton.edu with the name of the student coming in your stead, and you’ll be all set!

Note: if you have two no-shows on your record, you won’t be able to make appointments using the online scheduler for a year. But you can still use the Writing Center by requesting an appointment over email (writingc@princeton.edu) and/or visiting drop-ins.

If you are ill: please get in touch with us ASAP! We can’t help to reschedule things or advocate for extensions after the fact, but we can help you with planning if you are proactive.

And finally, take care of yourself. Eat, get enough sleep, find time to be outside and get some exercise. While long hours may seem productive, they’ll take a toll on your health and wellbeing. Research shows that you’ll do worse, not better, on less sleep and no fuel!

Don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule an appointment if we can help in an way.   For an appointment with me, you can email me with available times, or call the Butler College office (609-258-3474) during office hours M-F 9-5 to schedule.