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.”

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6 thoughts on “Slacking Off Versus Studying

  1. This article is written very well, but the title didn’t really pertain to the material, perhaps something like, “Study Guide or No Study Guide: That is the Question”. I really like the use of a little survey and all of the quotes. You have a really good structure for a solid article that pertains to the concerns of almost all college students. There just isn’t enough information in the article. I’d prefer for you, as the author, to take more of a stance on whether or not study guides should be distributed. Additionally, I would go more in depth. This is a topic that comes up for every student at every exam for every class. It really is a great subject to do an article about. I think this is a truly a great topic, but could be elaborated on much more.

  2. Hi Rachel, I admire the work you put into this story and found it to be an interesting read. It impressed me that you interviewed ten students, in addition to the two professors. However, there were a few things I noticed that you could change the next time you write a story. When you quoted the first student in your story, you could’ve included their major and year at the college. That is good information to include for any student source. Also, when you quoted Anthony Bonfiglio, you didn’t give any identifying information. Nevertheless, good job and nice article!

  3. I was drawn by the title to read this article. I think the article was composed well all around. I also feel that Rachel should have interviewed a few more people, students and professors. The more valid perspectives the stronger the story. The population of the Blackwood campus alone is much larger than 10 students, even on a Saturday during the Fall or Spring Semesters. But this is all very for me to say; judging by the date of posting, she had finals breathing down her own neck. I can understand why so few people were interviewed. I think her doing her homework on the topic and introducing the Utah State University reference was enough to make her story credible and informative because it balanced her interviews with her USU reference.

  4. this article gives a brief but well understanding about how both students and professors feel about study guides. I feel that study guides should be a big part in helping students succeed with their classes because they do help students know what information is needed to help with a major test or quiz. It also helps take away any unnecessary studying or reading so the student can come to the exact points they need to know. In the above article a professor quotes that they help students slack off. What he says is not necessarily true. It all depends on how much information is given with the study guide, some study guides give only a brief explanation of what and where information that is needed by the students. Over all this article has given great points and opinions on this subject. Good job!

  5. In my personal opinion, I think study guides should be given as mandatory because I believe that there are more benefits than getting better test scores by studying from study guides. The way professors organized their study guide is logical and orderly. By studying from their guidance we can learn to organize our assignments in a more efficiency way. There are so many research assignments for students to complete during college years, and by learning from the technique that professors used in their study guides, we could simply finish our assignments in a more satisfied quality with less time. Even after we graduate from college and start working in the professional field, we can still use the skills we learned from study guides to accomplish our goals. Knowledge can be forgotten through times, but skills that you learned from experiences will be carried with you forever.

  6. To me the story means that college students are indifferent about whether or not they should be given the material they need to study or if they should work hard and learn what they need to by themselves. Personally, I prefer a study guide so I know exactly what I need to, but if a study guide is not given I will not complain because it means that I will earn my grade in a more hard fought way. I believe that a study guide would only cause laziness in a small percentage of students; this is because whether or not there is a study guide, you still need to study.

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