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    I don't wish this to be a debate about examinations vs coursework. However I do believe exams to be a seriously outdated and misled means of measuring ability and intelligent; rather it just a memory test of facts.

    But at my time at University, I had some exams where there was a 'seen question' where I would have time to research and develop a critically appreciative argument in regards to the question. The trick however, was apparently 'remembering' it when you go into the controlled environment.

    But is memorizing the same as learning? I didn't memorize anything, like whole paragraphs but rather just put to paper what I had learned to come up with a well thought out argument. It was almost like an oral examination and I just had to write out my answer.

    The marking criteria called for elements of independent research and thought, which does need some element of forward-thinking creativity and not the regurgitation of facts crammed in and memorized to never be thought of again.

    So what do people think? Healthy compromise? Because coursework is not by any means perfect and I've certainly came across those cheating the system.

    Let me know!
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    (Original post by FailedTeacher)
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    I've flagged it to be moved to the Educational debate forum where it's probably better suited!

    In response to your thread, I wouldn't agree with that method, as I feel too many would just try and memorise information, whereas better preparation for unseen exams are to understand and apply the information.

    I don't have a problem where for some subjects it might be applicable to have a set text which is seen, and can be analysed etc before the exam, and then given an unknown question based on this text...
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    (Original post by mobbsy91)
    I've flagged it to be moved to the Educational debate forum where it's probably better suited!

    In response to your thread, I wouldn't agree with that method, as I feel too many would just try and memorise information, whereas better preparation for unseen exams are to understand and apply the information.

    I don't have a problem where for some subjects it might be applicable to have a set text which is seen, and can be analysed etc before the exam, and then given an unknown question based on this text...
    Oh how kind of you but I reposted it anyway, shouldn't I have done that? Could you just delete this one instead and perhaps be kind enough to copy and paste your response?

    That last bit I was just thinking, some unseen questions that are related to the bigger seen question. That my actually represent a more real world scenario like questions after a presentation?
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    (Original post by FailedTeacher)
    Oh how kind of you but I reposted it anyway, shouldn't I have done that? Could you just delete this one instead and perhaps be kind enough to copy and paste your response?

    That last bit I was just thinking, some unseen questions that are related to the bigger seen question. That my actually represent a more real world scenario like questions after a presentation?
    No worries - I flag it so it should hopefully be merged with the other thread! (I can't delete it myself!)

    Yeh, I wouldn't mind so much in that case, as I do agree, obviously in real life you won't have to on the spot (usually) come up with answers... so, yeh, a balance between the two wouldn't be overly bad I suppose.
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    (Original post by mobbsy91)
    No worries - I flag it so it should hopefully be merged with the other thread! (I can't delete it myself!)

    Yeh, I wouldn't mind so much in that case, as I do agree, obviously in real life you won't have to on the spot (usually) come up with answers... so, yeh, a balance between the two wouldn't be overly bad I suppose.
    Thank you

    Well I think in life it is a mixture of both.

    What I don't think is a true reflection of life is having to remember facts, dates, figures but actually using that information to create new information; how exams should be to me.
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    (Original post by FailedTeacher)
    Thank you

    Well I think in life it is a mixture of both.

    What I don't think is a true reflection of life is having to remember facts, dates, figures but actually using that information to create new information; how exams should be to me.
    Mmm, yeh, (partly why I don't do a very 'facty' subject!). I mean, I don't know how difficult it would be to make exams which aren't needing you to remember them, but using them to create new information... I mean, I don't do a subject which would do that, so I don't particularly know what the exams are like anyway...
 
 
 
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