‘Twas the night before 301 Christmas, when all through the house
Not a student was stirring, not even a computer mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that study skills resources soon would be there;
The interns were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of workshops danced in their heads”
I offer to thee on this month of festivities a tale of caution.
Ebenezer Scrooge was grumpy the day before Christmas.
“Why should I have to go for workshops next semester? I work hard enough at uni, and I’ve got good enough grades so far! Its the first time I have to do presentations for my assessments, but I should be smart enough! I’ll simply revel in the intellectual wealth I already have!”
However, that night, he was visited by a 301 intern. He warned Scrooge to change his ways, or face the consequences. If he did not, he would be visited by three ghosts.
That night, he sat alone in his room, studying. However, he was interrupted by a ghostly apparition.
“I am the ghost of 301 Christmas Past, and I am here to show you why you are like this!”.
Ebenezer and the ghost travelled to the past, and Scrooge saw his younger self completing an exam. Nobody within the vision noticed him, and so they could walk up to his exam paper once he had left, and check his answers. Scrooge looked in admiration of his younger self’s work.
“See, you silly ghost! My marks are perfect! I have no need to attend a 301 workshop!”
“But this exam is purely a mathematical one. It does not need any display of group work, essay based or presentation skills!”
“Bah humbug! Away with you!”.
The ghost dissipated, and Scrooge tried to go back to studying. However, he was distracted by thoughts of ghost as he was struggling with his work. An hour passed, and then a further ghost appeared.
“I am the ghost of 301 Christmas Present, and I am here to show you the error of your ways! Look at you, Scrooge! It is Christmas Eve, and yet still you are studying! Why aren’t you celebrating or sleeping to await Father Christmas?”
“The only celebration I need is success in my exams! I just have to work through some things I’m struggling with, and then I’ll enjoy a great big dinner tomorrow”.
“Scrooge you fool! Let me show you something!”
They transported to another area of town. Here, 301 Intern Tim was celebrating Christmas Eve with his father.
“Look Scrooge, see the jolliness of 301 Intern Tim! Christmas is exam season for him too, yet look at him gallivanting! He has been to 301 Workshops, and even though he has never done a presentation before, he can now rest happily and enjoy his holiday season – bearing in mind he has the skills to succeed when his presentation comes”.
Scrooge was having none of it.
The ghost disappeared. It was now 4AM, and Ebenezer Scrooge was still revising.
“Curse it! It is now 4AM, and my procrastination about A Christmas Carol has led me to stay up all night! I hardly have enough energy to enjoy tomorrow! How on earth will I cope? My presentation is due early next semester!”.
But then a shining light appeared upon him.
“Scrooge! Do not fear! It is never to late to sign up for a 301 Workshop! There will be plenty come the Spring Semester! The work anxiety you experience will go away! You simply need to change your ways, and sign up to a workshop or 1:1 Study Skills Tutorial online! We have one specifically for you, a workshop on Beating Procrastination!”
And change his ways he did. He was able to book onto a workshop there and then, and the morning after (knowing full well he would acquire the skills needed to tackle his exam in due course) he managed to enjoy a Christmas Dinner with all his family and friends. The End.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Entire 301 Team!