The Academy is in its fifth week of classes and that means fifth week assessment for the students. What exactly is the fifth week assessment? To answer this query, April Gaskey, Coordinator of Academic Services, says, “The fifth week assessment is used by WKU to assess and identify students in 100 level courses that may need improvement. The Academy uses this assessment time to acquire grade information for all students in all courses. It is really a great way for us to identify the handful of students who are struggling, some of whom would never admit it, and get them the help they need on the front end.”
The fifth week is also an opportune time for professors to give exams or quizzes, which means the first taste of exam stress for some Academy students. It may be a strenuous time, but it is far from being a “pass or fail” moment for the students. If a student is struggling during fifth week assessment, that does not mean they cannot make it at the Academy. What it really means is that they need a little help and, thankfully, the Academy is fit to do just that. Tutors, study hours, office hours with professors, study plans, and weekly meetings with April are available to keep students on track to success.
If you are a parent reading this and wondering how your son or daughter is faring during this time, know that there are people willing to lend them a helping hand. Students here are doing fine and adjusting well to the work load. Learning to ask for and accept help is part of learning to be successful. Fifth week is just another week here at the Academy.