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Date: Jan 02 2009

Themes: School


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It’s the end of another semester, and that means it’s time for final exams. During the last week of school, most teachers give big tests that determine what grades their students will get. In the US, finals have already happened, but in Asia, they will happen soon.

For those who work hard and study throughout the term, finals are just one last hurdle to get over before a nice, relaxing vacation. But for slackers who wait until the last minute to do any work, finals week is crunch time. Those who didn’t plan ahead have no choice but to pull some all-nighters and hope they can at least do well enough to avoid flunking out.

Amanda and Devan have very different study habits. Listen to them talk about how they plan to tackle their finals.


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Devan:  I am freaking out about finals.

Amanda:  What’s there to freak out about? You’ve known that it was coming for what…three months now, right?

Devan:  Yeah, but I always slack off and wait till the last minute to do my work.

Amanda:  You always do that. Why do you do that? If you take your time and just absorb and learn the material during the entire term, you can go to bed like me. I mean, it’s eight pm and I’m gonna get my rest so I can actually think about the material and be fine tomorrow. Do you want to go to bed too? I think it’s the best thing.

Devan:  I’m gonna have to pull an all-nighter tonight.

Amanda:  Again? Did you not pull an all-nighter last night?

Devan:  Yeah, I did, but you know…

Amanda:  Honey, you haven’t slept in 48 hours.

Devan:  Every semester, I say, I’m gonna be more like Amanda. I’m gonna think ahead this semester and I’m going to just do a little bit of homework every night. But every semester, it comes down to the end. It’s like a make or break situation, I’m either gonna flunk out or I’m gonna pass by the skin of my teeth.

Amanda:  Well, no offense hon, but why are you such a slacker? I mean you slack off every term.

Devan:  I know.

Amanda:  And then you’re at this point every eve of finals.

Devan:  I know, but once a slacker always a slacker. I think it’s in my DNA. I think it’s my genetics.

Amanda:  Oh, you poor thing. Next term, OK?

Devan:  Next term.



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Devan is really panicked because she finals are coming up and she hasn’t done any studying. Amanda doesn’t understand why Devan is so nervous. She studies a little bit every day, so she doesn’t have to pull any all-nighters at the end of the term. She thinks it’s important to get a good night of sleep on the night before a big test.

Amanda asks Devan why she always waits until the last minute to study. Even though Devan knows she needs to improve her study habits and be more like Amanda, she can’t change. She thinks that being a poor student might just be a part of who she is.

Do you work hard throughout the term like Amanda, or do you wait until the last minute to study like Devan?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Ohhh,‏ ‏Devan just reminded me of my own slackness when I was at school.‏ ‏I used to pull some all-nighters when my exams were about to begin,‏ ‏even once I recall‏ ‏I didn’t sleep for three consecutive nights,‏ ‏very disagreeable.‏ ‏Fortunately, right off after I entered college,‏ ‏I managed to obviate this problem.

09:03 AM Oct 15 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of


01:24 PM Jan 02 2013 |




  In America Universities are really expensive , so being a slacker (as Devan is) is not an   option , unless parents have fat wallets to pay for the semesters. Devan, stay focus. 

12:16 AM Mar 22 2011 |

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i am in middle of the sea.. dont know wats going to happen.. but still have little faith towards my damn life..

06:14 AM Dec 11 2009 |



If you have good memory, being a slacker is not too bad. when i was in school, i acted like Devan all the time for my tests. that ended up i past all my tests then forgot everything I learned each term.:-((

04:52 PM Jan 08 2009 |




was never a slacker, but even so,  sometimes I have to sleep late because of school… 



03:07 PM Jan 08 2009 |





08:05 AM Jan 08 2009 |




ooo  I dont know !! i study now!

08:04 AM Jan 08 2009 |




I confess…The most of the time I studied at the last minute…But also,I pay close attention in class,day-to-day,then I haven't to studied much at home heheLaughing

11:04 PM Jan 07 2009 |




Ok ok I confess…The most of the time I studied at the last minute hehehe :P

10:59 PM Jan 07 2009 |



i hope you all the best friends


10:09 AM Jan 06 2009 |




Eventhough my friends always said that I am a good student who always study every day, I still feel that I'm a bit slacker. I waste much time to do something not so important such as chatting, game, or just reading novel instead of doing some homeworks  or understanding college subject deeply. Yet, I try to keep the balance of my fun and responsibility.

07:32 AM Jan 06 2009 |




Oh, don't want to remember that period of my life.  i'd just break out in a rash before each exam; i don't think i've gone through a more stressful experience since those days

12:35 AM Jan 06 2009 |




my final exam is coming just now!!

 good luck for everyone whom are being tortured :D

12:05 AM Jan 06 2009 |




very hard examples

08:32 PM Jan 05 2009 |

Amido Hernan Rios


For me it’s very important counting on study habits. It’s a manner of getting good grades in your finals and resting well because our body need to recover the energies lost during day

07:58 PM Jan 04 2009 |



Very very hard proccess of learning in a medical school, and I feel it Cry

07:17 PM Jan 04 2009 |



hello dears

i was slacker and i still slacker ,it is not Bcoz studying is boring but it is Bcoz i have many things to do during the semester like presentations and projects which are always out of the subjects involved in books ,blus many things considered as the super causes of wasting time like TV + talking with my friends either by face to face or telephone…...

this is me  what about you frinds???????

this week i should study for phisics…........


05:40 PM Jan 04 2009 |



United States

awesome…...........peoples usually pay for loose study habits with falling grades so guys ya bettah decide before its damn toooooooooo late
good luck though

05:18 PM Jan 04 2009 |



United States

take it easy honey donchu get overwhelmed…..........like they say….................ya gonna reap what ya sow…...............so there be it

uhmmm peoples often pay for loose study habits with falling grades

good luck peoples

05:17 PM Jan 04 2009 |

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