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Sep23

google is a great tool that some of us use from time to time

What month do undergraduate students go on semester break and when do they return back to university?
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hi,

kudos to you for taking the extra effort to send us a question when it probably would’ve required less effort to just google it!

the december exam period is for this year (2016-2017) is from december 9th to 20th, which means everyone will be done exams by the 20th of december and the university will be closed following these exams.

classes start up again on january 5th for arts and science students and january 9th for engineering students.

information regarding engineering and arts and science sessional dates can be found here!

for future reference: feel free to google the following words: “u of t sessional dates” to find what you’re looking for!

u of t is a great place to learn how to google things- you’ve come to the right place.

cheers and #sorrynotsorry for the saltiness,

aska

Feb02

exam black market

Hi i just wanted to find out, it is illegal (against uoft rules) to purchase past test from other students. I am feeling quite inclined to purchase past test from the first time from someone for one of my courses since there is Absolute no past exam/test on the uoft repository.

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hey there,

not as far as i can tell. at least, i can’t find any explicit rule prohibiting it. it seems that viewing of the exam is pretty carefully monitored, though, so i would be – if not suspicious, just careful – of what you’re buying, and from whom.

also, i don’t presume to know your situation or how your program runs or anything, but here’s a friendly tip from aska: try to exhaust the study options presented to you by your professor before seeking alternative materials.

if you got practice exams, textbook questions, passages/articles you need to focus on, lecture slides, etc. then become expert in those BEFORE seeking more help. because (and i’m just gonna put this bluntly here) sometimes these people are just out to make money. that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have something to sell you, but it also doesn’t mean you don’t have to be unwary.

cheers,

aska

Jan04

sleeping on the scantron machine

Hello,

I know this is a crazy question but I did one of my exams and I went through all the questions I knew I got wrong and I calculated my mark and I was expecting an 86 the highest and like low 80s … But I get my mark on Portal and it says 68.67… is it possible at all that they put my mark in wrong or is it just one of those cases where you think you did really good but in fact did terrible (this was via scantron)

Let me know, I’m loosing sleep over this. Thank you in advance

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hey there,

it’s definitely possible the mark is wrong. not PROBABLE, but possible. if you think the mark has been inputted/calculated wrong, you can request an exam recheck. all you have to do is fill out a form and pay a $15 fee (if the mark is changed).

cheers,

aska

Dec15

just give me One exam

Do first year One courses have exams/tests?

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hey there,

there’s no cut and dry answer to this. like every other course in the faculty of arts & science, some of them do have final exams, and others don’t.

i think the fact that One courses are, by definition, smaller seminar courses, means that they can get away with using forms of assessment other than exams, and so many of them won’t have exams. however, that’s definitely not true across the board, and i can’t even say whether the majority don’t use exams.

for example, innis one has three courses, and only one of them, INI100H1, has a final exam. vic one’s northrop frye stream has three courses offered in the fall term, and of those, one of them has a final exam. a look at the exam schedule will tell you exactly which courses have exams, and which don’t.

so there’s no rule, one way or another. but a snoop around old exam schedules will probably yield plenty of information about the courses you’re interested in.

cheers,

aska

Aug07

just don’t do it, man

if I have a course conflict and those two courses also have an exam conflict, can I be allowed to take the exams at different times or bc I scheduled in a conflict will I not be allowed to? thanx

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hey there,

nah. general rule is: if you knowingly put yourself in a conflict, you knowingly accept that there is a possibility that you will have test and exam conflicts. if you have a test conflict, you can always ask one of the professors if you can write their test at another time. if they’re merciful, they might accommodate you – but they’re under no obligation to do so.

as for exams, an exam conflict can only be resolved with a petition. if you submit a petition to reschedule an exam because you’re in a course conflict, you can expect that the Faculty probably won’t be so understanding in your request.

basically: if you can avoid the conflict, do it.

cheers,

aska

Dec04

how 2 study for exams

it seems like it’s always the time of year when everyone’s saying “it’s that time of year again!” exams never really go away, do they? even when they’re not happening, you still carry around the weight of them somewhere deep in your soul.

that’s why people have exam nightmares up until the age of like 90 or whatever. they let exams seep into their very bones, like a coca-cola?stain in a carpet. that stuff’ll never wash out.

since exams are going to happen whether we want them to or not, here are some tips about how to get through the exam period alive. last year askastudent released this monolith of text?which is all about study tips. this year, i thought i’d write a follow-up of EVEN MORE HELPFUL tips. because the second time has always got to be BIGGER and BETTER, or so my friends in marketing keep telling me.

TIP #1: SELF CARE.

uoft has really tried to emphasize self care recently. i think that’s great. it’s important to take a break from studying so that you can feel energized when you get back to it. whatever you can do to de-stress is great. for example, there were recently therapy dogs at Sid Smith for people to cuddle and play with.

i’m fatally allergic to dogs, so a CUTE TWIST on the therapy dog idea for myself, personally, is to go to one of these student spaces that are suddenly filled with dogs, stick my face into one of the puppy’s faces until it licks me, and then DIE.

then, all i have to do is fill out a verification of illness and injury form, and i don’t have to write my exams! hashtag use your resources.

TIP #2: CALL YOUR FRIEND WHO IS NO LONGER AND SCHOOL AND DOES NOT CARE TO COMPLAIN

“hey, madison? what’s up? *sniffle*”

“oh, nothing much, i just finished a 17-hour shift at work and i am absolutely exhausted. i had to get off the subway a stop early ’cause this guy was rubbing himself up against me. now i have to walk two blocks extra before i get home. i can’t feel my legs. my rent is due in two days and i don’t know how i’m gonna get the last $150 together because my roommate moved back to texas with her ex-boyfriend. i don’t even remember the name of the last guy who didn’t call me. anyway, what’s up with you?”

“oh, i just…i’m just kinda stressed with…you know, exams and stuff…”

“dude. i may have to sell my kidney to pay rent. you live with your parents. you’re studying instead of working at a horrible job you hate. you can buy food using OSAP money. stop complaining and get back to studying.”

“o-okay…love you, madison.”

“don’t call me again. i may not be able to pay my phone bill.”

TIP #3: CRY

here is my personal playlist of songs to cry to around exams!

1. American Idiot, by Green Day

2. Idiot, by Coldplay

3. Dumb All Over, by Frank Zappa

4. Dumb, by Jason DeRoulo

5. Tonight I Wanna Cry, by Keith Urban

TIP #4: GO INTO A CAFFEINE-INDUCED FRENZY 24 HOURS BEFORE THE EXAM. STUDY WITHOUT SLEEPING. STUDY SO HARD YOU GO A BIT CROSS-EYED. STUDY UNTIL YOUR EYEBROW STARTS TWITCHING. KEEP STUDYING EVEN AFTER YOUR EYEBROW FALLS OFF AND LIES IN SPASM ON THE FLOOR. GO INTO YOUR EXAM THE NEXT DAY WITHOUT SLEEPING. WRITE FOR THREE HOURS AS THE WALLS OF THE EXAM HALL CURVE?INTO YOU LIKE BENDY STRAWS. DON’T REALLY REMEMBER HOW YOU GET HOME. SLEEP FOR FIFTEEN HOURS INSTEAD OF PREPPING FOR THE NEXT ONE.

and those are aska’s four TOP TIPS about how to prepare for your exams! tweet me @askastudentuoft letting me know how YOU study for exams!

xoxo,

aska

Dec01

let’s fly away

Hey, aska. Like anyone who’s dealing with student loans and having to deal with uni tuition, I enjoy saving money. I want to be able to go back to Korea this coming summer, but I also want the cheapest flight possible. If I get my plane ticket for the 30th of April by the end of December, I can save hundreds on the ticket. I know that the official calendar says that April 30th is the last day for exams, but I have a feeling that it’s for makeup exams. This is due to the fact that I looked at the exam schedule this semester and there arent any exams for Dec 19, the last day for exams this semester. I don’t want to buy the ticket and then find out that I have an exam on that day next semester. So is the last day for exams actually for exams or for make up exams? Do you think it’ll be ok for me to book my flight on the 30th to save some money or should I keep it safe and buy a ticket for later on in the month?

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hey there,

listen, man, if you do this, you do it at your own risk. yeah, the chances aren’t great that you’ll have an exam on the very last day. and yeah, as someone whose living prospects for the near future include living in a cardboard box, i get the whole being tight on cash thing.

BUT if you book that flight and then it turns out you’re supposed to be writing an exam when you’ve planned to be halfway to Korea, then you’re in a bit of a sticky situation. especially if you’re aware beforehand of the risk.

basically, if you’re gonna do this, i’m not gonna stop you. but i’m also not gonna hold your hand if you have to go to the registrar’s office and straighten out a big mess a few months down the line.

best,

aska

May15

deferral squared

Hi!

I know this question might sound odd and rare… But…I was wondering if it’s possible to be granted a further deferral for a deferred exam? I was supposed to write a deferred exam but the night before I had an internal cyst ruptured, ended up in the ER and had a minor surgery done. I missed an exam that I prepared a whole semester for! I saw on the UofT website that it says “it is not easily granted.” How difficult is it? And what will happen if I don’t get a deferral? Do I get an F? I feel like my luck can’t be worse now.

Thank you so much!!!

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hey there,

“odd and rare” – you make it sound like you’re an exotic bird or something. i hope you are. i hope you’re a toucan.

if you take a look here and go to ‘Adjustments to the Deferred Examination Schedule,’ you’ll see that “[i]f you have extraordinary reasons creating a conflict (e.g., court appearance, citizenship hearing) you may have to file a further petition with full documentation through your college registrar.”

now, i know uoft students are tough and all, but even for us, i think a ruptured cyst qualifies as a serious conflict. i’d definitely go to your college registrar and try to get a further deferral. if the deferral isn’t granted, then you wouldn’t be able to write your exam, however, i think that you have pretty legitimate grounds to attempt to get one.

good luck and i hope they sort out that cyst, geez louise.

best,

aska

Aug26

how important is an exam anyway?

Hello!

I was wondering, if I fail the final exam, does that mean I automatically fail the course?

Thanks,
M

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M,

For the most part, nope.

I know there are a few science/math courses that do require you to pass the exam, but the best way to know for sure is to check your syllabus.

Cheers!

aska

Dec19

i’d actually rather not go back to december

hi aska,

i recently had a really bad breakup with a long term partner. it happened the day before one of my exams, and i was a huge mess mentally.
i ended up not being able to write the exam for one of my courses which happened that day due to severe anxiety issues (many panic attacks), constant unstoppable crying, and the inability to think rationally. i talk to my college registrar and they told me to obtain a medical note, and i did go see the doctor on that day.

what im afraid of is if mental issues are not legitimate reasons for being able to defer and exam. i realize that i wasn’t physically ill, and that mental problems are harder to explain and prove.

is exam deferrals due to medical reasons usually limited to physical emergencies being worried about not being granted an exam deferral is adding anxiety to all the problems i already have, and would like some insight into the process that will ensue after i apply for a deferral on these grounds.

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Hey there!

I’m sorry to hear about your break up. I’m going to go ahead and remind you that Taylor Swift recently released a new album full of depressing love songs sooooo… Ahem.

Now on a more serious note, I assume if your registrar was the one who told you to get a medical note, they gave you the UofT medical certificate form that needed to filled out, right? As long as that one is filled out, you should be fine, according to my sources! So don’t worry — a broken heart can be just as bad a broken leg sometimes and as long as you’ve got a valid medical note from the day of the exam to explain your issues, you should be fine.

But to be clear, I need to do the spiel: there is no guarantee about whether or not your exam will be deferred. Essentially, your medical note will contribute to a petition, which your registrar will read over, give their opinion on (or no opinion), and then pass on to the petitions committee to make a decision. But again, as long as you’ve got your valid note, I don’t see why you’d have any problems.

now singing swifty,

aska

Jan17

I just had seeeeex, and I want to keep a copy of my exam

Hello,
is it possible to get a photocopy of any of the exams you have written? Thanks in advance,
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yo yo LR,

Here’s what I’ve got, once you’ve written an exam, it becomes property of the faculty of Arts and Science. Here’s information on viewing your exam.
So, you can view an exam, only once for free and at that there’s a chance it might just be a portion of the exam. I have heard a rumor that you can pay a fee and keep a copy of the exam, but I’m going to doubt that based on how strict they are with just viewing it.
And as always you can see most exams (not answers, but that would be awesome) with the exam database.

Love Always,
Aska

Jul26

exam dates are a total buzzkill

Hi,

I’m an incoming exchange student and I’ll only be studying at UofT for the upcoming fall semester. I wanted to know how early the university releases its final exam timetable.

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According to the Calendar, the University will release its final exam timetable for “F” code courses for the first semester on OCTOBER 15TH. Exams will run from December 10th to 21st. (This period also includes midterm tests for “Y” courses.) Exams in the second semester for “S” and “Y” code courses will take place between April 12th and 29th.

Wicked good times, right?

xoxo, Askastudent

Jun01

Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies.

i really need help figuring out about this new policy about dropping courses after you’ve sat for their exam… apparently you can drop 2 credits worth of courses and the grade you recieved in them will not appear on your transcript nor will the effect your CGPA the catch is that the course will still show up on your transcript showing that you did take that course and that you have dropped it.
now alot of people have told me there is no such policy but i clearly rememebr one of my professors telling us about it before a lecture.
ANY ONE WHO KNOW’S FOR SURE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!

 

I hate to be considered part of “a lot of people” (sounds too commonplace for Aska). However, dear asker, I am about to tell you the same thing everyone else has: NO, that policy does not exist.

Now, I wasn’t satisfied with simply telling you no. So, I’ve been investigating with ‘the authorities’ on what actual policies the Prof/you may be misinterpreting. I feel like a much less cool Sherlock Holmes.

 

1) What you are describing sounds a lot like the NEW policy for “Late Withdrawal.”

You may classify up to 3.0 credits as Late Withdrawal. This means that the course will appear on your transcript with LWD in lieu of a grade. As such, it will not affect your CGPA. In order to classify a course as LWD, you must get this approved by your College Registrar’s Office by the last day of classes. Yes, I said APPROVED. This means that you can’t just bail on a course because you don’t want that nasty A- on your transcript (nerd), or because the exam is on the same evening as the American Idol finale. You will have to demonstrate that you may fail the course, or that it will significantly degrade your CGPA. It is intended for scenarios in which students are seriously overwhelmed by their coursework.

 

2) Secondly, your inquiry has hints of a “Petition for Late Withdrawal” without academic penalty.

This is a formal petition process reviewed by the Faculty of Arts & Science. You may be granted withdrawal from a course after the final drop date, and technically for 6 months after the course has finished. If this is approved, WDR will appear on your transcript in lieu of the grade. These do not count against the 3.0 LWD credits that you are entitled. Obviously, the grounds for getting a petition approved are MUCH stricter than Option 1. We’re talking about serious unforeseen issues (e.g. medical). Petitioning for a WDR after you have sat through the exam is even tougher – because you made the decision not to take advantage of the LWD previously. I suppose you would need to demonstrate that your judgment in deciding to stay in the course and sit through the exam was, in the first place, compromised or something like that.

 

Make sense???

 

Although this query-response combo is a bit of a dud, there is an important lesson to be learned here. Our Western pedagogical structure inflates students’ perceptions of their Professors to the highest tier of wisdom and significance. Profs deliver their knowledge, through one-way means, down to students. This allows an imbalanced power dynamic to permeate the University. It is a social norm that denies opportunities for dialogical and experiential learning. It also precludes the idea of Professors as students themselves, and their ability to learn from students.

 

So, what’s the point of my rant? Believe it or not, I’m not just typing to read myself write. Rather, I’m trying to illustrate that Profs don’t know everything, they are often out of touch with academic policies and make things up, and just because they said it – doesn’t mean that it’s right.

 

P.s. Vive la revolution!!

P.p.s. Aska is still known to gaze, enamored and starry-eyed, at a Prof from time to time.

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