Ah Midterms the time within the class that the panic starts to set in and students who haven't turned in half of their assignments come to the realization that their actions (or lack of action) will actually have consequences! Since it is midterm time the emails have began to pour in with the excuses about why they haven't done their work. The dog died, (enter family member) has been really sick, they are taking 18 credits, blah blah blah. This is typically followed by the pleas for what they can do to raise their grade.
My typical response? Do YOUR WORK!