With two hourlies per semester, it give students more time to be invloved in their coursework and less towards their grades. Gives faculty more time to plan class rather than planning hourlies. And it keeps the pressure on us students, because if you mess up the first hourly, you’re pretty much screwed!
But (yes, there’s always that), Depp is right about the paper pattern. We have no idea what the hourly exam is going to look like, so the chances of doing bad are greater. Case in point; Abdul Jabbar for most of his classes at TIP has had to cut down the weightage of his first hourlies because the majority would flunk.
I propose that all teachers should file a copy of each hourly, past, present and future, in the library and let students have access. The benefits are bountiful, and the drawbacks none.