In the designated in-class review session for a final exam:
Student: Could you make a list for us of all the philosophers whose views we need to know for the final exam?
Me: I already did. It's called the syllabus.
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In an email the weekend before the final exam:
Student: I had some questions on the final review sheet ...
Rather than actually asking any questions, the email simply reproduces items listed on the review sheet under "Important concepts and terminology" and "Questions about the reading" -- lots of them. I start to wonder if this email is meant as a clever way to get the professor to write the student's page of notes for the exam.
Me: Look at the discussion of [this question] in [this textbook chapter]. For [that concept], you'll want to reread [that reading in the course reader]. Hope that helps!
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From the official guidelines for short "reading response" essays on my course website:
Reading responses are due at the beginning of lecture. No late reading responses will be accepted. Of the 5 reading responses assigned, your lowest grade will be dropped from the average. (If you skip one, that will be the one that gets dropped.)
In my faculty mailbox, on the day of the final exam, with no prior consultation and no note of explanation:
Two way-past-due reading response essays from a student who had only handed in two of the five when they were due.