Jena is a freshman who is having a difficult time with her transition to Penn State. The classes are more difficult than she expected and she got caught up in a lot of social events and didn’t do a good job of keeping up with her studies. She is now facing her first semester of finals. There is a big final in her chemistry class that is scheduled on the same day as her history final. She talks with her history professor about her concern that if she takes two finals on the same day, she will bomb them both. The professor is sympathetic and agrees to let Jena take the final for the history class later in the week. Jena dutifully studies for the chemistry exam and does pretty well, but she is exhausted and still has to make up the history final. Then she realizes that she knows people in the class who have already taken the exam and can ask them what questions were on the final so she can focus her studies.

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2 Responses to Case Study 5

  1. Erin says:

    It was Jena’s responsibility to prioritize her time, and she failed to do so. She should just study on her own and prepare better for finals next semester. She should learn from this situation and make her classes more of a priority than her social life.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Asking puts both her friends and herself in the position of violating academic integrity.

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