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Opinion | If these walls could talk, they’d scream: a glimpse into life at Hillman during finals week

Opinion | If these walls could talk, they’d scream: a glimpse into life at Hillman during finals week

By Allison Dantinne, Staff Columnist

December 10, 2018


Filed under Columns

The students studying for finals in Hillman are fascinating creatures, plagued by insurmountable stress manifested as odd habits. They gather around power sources, lean back in their swivel chairs while staring up at the lines of fluorescent lights and occasionally fall asleep on the floor under the c...

Opinion | Students leave gift of stress management unopened

Opinion | Students leave gift of stress management unopened

By Julia Kreutzer, For The Pitt News

December 10, 2018


Filed under Columns

The Cathedral commons and dorm rooms are filled with Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs and dazzling twinkle lights, but students must survive finals week before they can truly “Deck the Halls.” During the week of finals, thousands of students spend countless hours holed up in Hillman Library while cr...

Students and faculty examine procrastination cures

Students and faculty examine procrastination cures

By Mario Cattabiani III, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under News

Cramming is a time-honored tradition at every college. But why do it, especially when many experts believe it is an ineffective way of studying?

Finals: A How-To Guide

Finals: A How-To Guide

By Jon Moss, Senior Staff Writer

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

With finals bearing down on Pitt’s campus, some students are worried about how to best prepare for the onslaught of school work. As students prepare to enter finals week, The Pitt News sat down with mental and physical health experts to learn what students can do to help manage stress and succee...

Prepare, don’t despair: Pitt students need reading days

Prepare, don’t despair: Pitt students need reading days

By Neena Hagen, Senior Columnist

April 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If you’re a Pitt student, looking at your school’s academic calendar is never fun. Your eyes scan the page filled with dates, head hung in despair as you realize Pitt has perhaps the skimpiest breaks of any university out there — including finals preparation, offering students one measly reading day...

Friday Fight: After April tears, May’s in the clear

Friday Fight: After April tears, May’s in the clear

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 20, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

It’s April ― flowers around campus are starting to bloom, the weather is finally warming up and the end of the semester is upon us. Pitt lets out for the summer earlier than most other schools, and while we can’t wait for classes to be over, the early ending can have its downsides. Here’s ...

Surveying the semester with OMETs

Surveying the semester with OMETs

By Bailey Frisco | Staff Writer

January 10, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

As each semester winds down and students begin to prepare for finals, they are burdened with one more task to complete — OMETs. OMET — Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching — is a department at Pitt that administers a survey of student opinion for professors. The main objective of the ...

Making the grade: Professors set aside time to score student work

Making the grade: Professors set aside time to score student work

By Salina Pressimone, Caroline Bourque and Rachel Glasser | TPN Staff

December 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Last weekend you could probably find Leonardo Solano buried in the dissertation room of Hillman, or pocketed away somewhere in Panera Bread, grading 160 pages of undergraduate Spanish papers. While it usually takes graduate students such as Solano a long time to grade papers during the semester, finals...

Put the fun back in finals

Put the fun back in finals

By Sarah Shearer | Senior Columnist

December 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“You can do this Tiana — you always make it through in the end,” Tiana Han says resolutely to herself. Han, a Pitt junior and biology major, lights a candle, settles into the desk in her apartment and gets down to business. She will only be there for a few hours at a time, though, taking break...

SGB pushes reading day initiative

SGB pushes reading day initiative

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With only two meetings left in the semester, SGB made strides on Tuesday night to institute changes for the next academic school year, outlining future changes to the governing code and pushing their reading day proposal. Board member Rohit Anand proposed adding an extra reading day to give students...

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