READING WEEK FOR UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
Many universities arrange a reading week for students to provide an opportunity to study after the last lectures end and before the final examinations begin. Many professors schedule midterm examinations through the last week before final examinations, and most professors continue to teach new topics through the last week before finals. Either way, students have little to no time to review topics covered in the beginning of the semester. Finals are supposed to be a measure of how much a student has learned, but if a student is too overwhelmed with attempting to review while still learning new topics, there is little chance that he/she will perform at his/her fullest capacity. Instead, the student will likely perform poorly on the final, and the professor will not receive an accurate representation of how much he/she has learned. We, the students of the University of Pittsburgh, would like to petition the University of Pittsburgh to provide a reading week of at least three weekdays for its students before finals.