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Thoughts From The Corner

May 20, 2012

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It’s that time of the year again.

If you’re young, you’ve closed the door on your old classroom for the last time – said goodbye to your private Sociology tutor and eyed over your revision timetable drawn up in the Study Skills lessons.

Not so young? You’ve trudged to evening classes through the dark, cold (and probably wet) nights of winter. Perhaps your lecturer knew his/her onions and you have been drilled in the art of examination techniques, so you’ll be okay. No private English tuition for you; your hard earned cash has gone on night classes.

Yes, it’s that time again – examination time.

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The Chinese Emperor during the Civil Service Examination (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have the Chinese to thank for that! Wikipedia tells us ‘The imperial examination (科舉) was an examination system in Imperial China designed to select the best administrative officials for the state’s bureaucracy.’ 605 Ad so I’m reliably informed.

While putting together ’16 Examination Techniques’ for our private tuition Stoke On Trent web site we wondered just how many of the techniques bear any resemblance to ‘real life’. Before we even started on the techniques, we made the assumption that the examination candidate had, had a good night’s sleep and arrived at the examination venue on time. Not burning the candle at both ends and punctuality – perhaps this education malarkey has something to say after all.

‘Fill in the booklet with care and attention’ said our first point. Good training for the forms/booklets that we encounter in our bureaucratically-tangled  world. Again, it could be said that education prepares us for the world outside. Later we make the following statement:

Choose your question wisely. Go for one within your ability – perhaps not as interesting as the one you would like to answer but go for the one in your comfort zone.

Perhaps this could be seen as a metaphor for the way we live. Have you ever been a crossroads in life? Choices to be made? Leaving aside the ‘big’ choices, let us think on a purely academic level. We should have chosen Business Studies for the night class but somehow we signed up for GCSE Theatre Studies. Why was that? Something different, a challenge, fed up living in our comfort zone? In life we can sometimes go out on a limb, take a chance, look to challenge ourselves – exams, however, are a ‘different kettle of fish’! No second chance, no messing about – ‘Choose your question wisely’!

Examinations are formidable, even to the best prepared,

for the greatest fool may ask more than the wise man can answer.

Charles Caleb Colton

The following three minute video shows 16 Examination Techniques for everyone – school, college, university or private tuition.

Prefer Full Screen Superior Quality  –  click here. The link takes you to the Photodex Presenter, which will download and the video will open up for viewing. Don’t be SCARED – it will all take less than a minute and the next time you wish to view one of our videos ‘Presenter’ will already be downloaded for you.

Video production by: Gossamer Images

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