Yes. There was lots of panicking. Lots of anger. Lots of stress. I don't remember much of it.
Yes, on the first try. Don't ask me how.
Spite is very motivating for me.
I absolutely do not recommend it. It's not worth it. If I could do it over knowing what I know now, I would have started writing at the beginning of the previous semester.
Yes. I don't want anyone else to be in the same position I was in.
The FEP feels like busywork rather than a true assessment of a student's skills and knowledge. I hate busywork. But the worst part is the lack of useful information from TWU and the SLIS program, lack of timely information like deadlines, and then a plethora of incorrect information. For something so critical to successfully graduating (and by extension, a student's livelihood), I'd expect they would be better about it. Especially since the TWU SLIS program is entirely online and most students don't have the benefit of speaking to their instructors and advisors in person.
That's great for you. But it's not just me. I've talked to plenty of other current and former students who had the same issues I've had. Many didn't pass the first time. Most said they had very little help from their advisor, despite the frequent "ask your advisor" in instructions and announcements. Some who didn't pass were basically ignored by their advisor, only to be given attention after they failed the first time. Since failing would mean a lot of students would have to take extra classes to remain eligible for the FEP (and therefore pay extra tuition), it seems a little shitty.
Step 1: Take a deep breath and remain calm.
Step 2: Contact your advisor immediately.
Step 3: Read the grading rubrics to see where you were deficient.
Step 4: Talk to your classmates, see who else might have had trouble and ask for advice from those who passed the FEP.
Step 5: Read or re-read this guide.
You will also have to roll over your graduation to the next semester, which means enrolling in at least one class.