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  •  When I went to college, the faculty (6+ / 0-)

    assumed that the students were all smart enough to successfully conceal study guides and the like during tests, so they often dealt with things in a different way:  you were allowed to bring to the exam one 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper with as much information as you could fit on it.  Reading it was your own problem.  

    And then the questions were devised so that knowledge of facts that had been in the assigned reading or presented in class was necessary but not sufficient to respond to the question.

    In my experience, the effort it took to create one of those "cheat sheets" usually made it unnecessary to use it during the actual exam.

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    by NoMoJoe on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 08:28:02 AM PDT

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    •  I really love tests like that (1+ / 0-)
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      They tend to be substantially harder than fully closed-book exams, but in a more interesting way. I think they're a better gauge of actual understanding.

      I actually rarely find myself looking at my notes, but just having them there helps keep me from experiencing those mental blanks I sometimes get. I'm a pretty good test-taker, but even so, sometimes I just fail to access something directly from reading a question, and it takes several minutes of valuable time sort of thinking 'around' the problem to finally unlock the memory.

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      by kyril on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 09:16:20 AM PDT

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      •  Mental blanks... (1+ / 0-)
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        I remember a test from my Intro to OT class. We had to remember a list of names of those considered to have founded Occupational Therapy. I'm really really horrible with names, so I tried to make up mnemonics for it. The problem was with one of the names, the initials were J.T. and the only name with those initials I could come up with at the time was Justin Timberlake LOL. I knew it was wrong, but despite finishing the test and then trying for like 20 minutes to remember the right name, all I could think of was Justin Timberlake. I didn't write it down though, I just left it blank LOL.

        Later there was a commercial in which Justin Timberlake falls and is fake injured, I remember one time thinking, "Serves him right for messing up my test." LOL.

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        by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:31:36 AM PDT

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