By Rachel Mauro
CCC Journalism Program
Being a college student means that you pay for school. Paying for school should result in receiving maximum assistance from your professor when it comes to taking tests.
After interviewing 10 students and asking their opinions on making study guides mandatory, six out of 10 students said they should not be mandatory.
When asked this question, Chris Ogrady, a Camden County College student, said, “I believe some classes deserve in depth studying and that decision is up to the professor.”
Other CCC students disagreed with Ogrady’s opinion.
Michael Boesz believes “Yes, study guides should be mandatory because they help you refresh what you have already learned. You need to rehearse things to transfer them into long term memory.”
According to Utah State University’s website, USU.edu, Boesz is correct.
USU.edu states that study guides help increase understanding, comprehension, and aid in “memory of large amounts of information.”
Although this might be true, Anthony Bonfiglio said, “I believe study guides allow students to slack off in class and have the teacher do the work for them.”
All 10 of the CCC students interviewed agreed on one thing: Study guides increase their chances of receiving a good grade.
The debatable question is: Should students have mandatory study guides and be allowed to slack off?
Professor Drew Jacobs believes that giving out study guides “helps students focus on topics important to the test.”
William Lavell, a CCC professor for 18 years, doesn’t believe in study guides or professors being too vague.
Lavell said, “If by study guide you mean a typed document that lists topics or questions, then the answer would be no, I don’t give out a study guide. The lack of study guides does not hold them back.”
Lavell doesn’t give his class study guides. Instead, he informs his students on the more important sections throughout the chapters and that allows the students to be well prepared for their tests.
Boesz said, “With or without study guides, college students must be prepared to study.”