Clever student uses red/blue masking to double exam cribsheet


Profcyclist told students that they could bring a 3"x5" card to an exam; a clever student wrote overlapping notes in blue and red ink and brought in gels to read them.

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  1. These are tricks used by the teacher to get students to study the material. Typewritten notes are probably disallowed, and this student probably learned twice as much.

  2. There was one calculus test for which I found myself less than well-prepared, so I took an X-Acto knife and carefully etched a few key formulae into my thumbnails. One lick and they were virtually invisible unless you let the light reflect off them just so. Worked a treat.

  3. dman says:

    I prepared a number of crib (um, "cheat") cards for a set of exams at high school. But it turns out that
    * carefully selecting the bits I knew I didn't know,
    * and then distilling that into microscopic summaries
    left me as well (if not better) prepared as conventional cramming.

    I think I only ended up bothering to use it for a few dates in History or page/verse numbers in English, as I still can't be bothered memorising raw facts like those.

  4. In the real world, there is ample access to enough information to drown in. Having to memorize crap is not exactly preparing for the future. Being able to analyze the problem, quickly locate (or perhaps even remeber, if it is your cup of tea) the needed info and then use it correctly is a better way.

    I cheated Literature and History in a rather heavy way, because I never saw the value in remembering crap that nobody remembers later anyway, and spend the saved time on chemistry, physics, and general hard sci/tech instead. I never regretted that decision since.

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