Are exams a waste of time?

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Kathfsap say,

Post by Kathfap » Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:25 am

I think that the evaluation of some courses is not good :!: In the classroom there are students with more capacity than others. The evaluation is the same for both. I accept that there are students don’t study, but too there are students who are difficult learning. However, I agree that exams are very important for evaluate yours strengths and weaknesses. It is a great help for teachers because identify mistakes and possible solutions. :idea:

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Re: Are they?

Post by Bambang » Tue Jul 03, 2007 3:24 pm

jrkp wrote: ...To answer the question, Exams are not a waste of time if teachers apply them fairly.....
This time I agree with you my friend. And as an addition, if there is something wrong about the implementation of the exams, then don't blame the exams themselves. In fact, the system or the way of the exams conducted should be improved to get a better one.

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Post by nightwish » Tue Jul 10, 2007 10:27 am

Are exams a waste of time?

No, I don't think that exams are waste of time,
In contrast, it's so beneficial. Reading and studying the material that we had learnt make us memorize and understand the material very well.

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Post by Krisi » Sat Jul 28, 2007 4:32 am

Definitely not!
Exams are for teachers, students and the parents of course.
An exam is one way of testing students' achievements.
Exams are for the students to assess themselves if they have done well or not.
An exam is a teachers' tool to know the level, and performance of each student. Also for the teachers to know if their (teachers') approach is effective to each of the student.
An exam is a device to inculcate to the students' mind what they have learned.
Exams are used for the parents to know if their children are attending their classes or not. And also an alarm for the parents if their children are learning or not.
I am focusing in schools only, how much more in other fields.
Exams are beneficial to all. How could it be a waste of time?

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Re: Are exams a waste of time?

Post by skorpion » Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:38 pm

TalkingPoint wrote:Are exams a waste of time?

What do YOU think?
I think that really depends on the way exams are made. I believe that the traditional way of evaluating students is counter-productive.

I remember seing a documentary where this school evaluates students just with the purpose of knowing in what areas they are improving and what areas they need help. Once this is done, they make 'em work in teams to help each other, thus helping the teachers with their teaching.

The good thing is that the evaluation is not recorded. The student does not have to worry about any qualifications nor any possibility or having to go over the same school year next year.

So to summarize, well... yeah, I think they're a waste of time. At least in their approach.

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Post by Alfabeto » Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:13 pm

In my view, exams are not a waste of time. I'm a teacher, and unless I had really small classes (like five or six students at a time) I would have no way to judge their progress if we didn't do exams. Exams can be written to be as objective as humanly possible, you just need to know what your goal is.

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Re: Are exams a waste of time?

Post by Anuska » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:43 am

Yes they are q waste of time, because you are not going to work in all tjis subjects, I think that you just have to coose three subjects but do not do the exams, because when you are going to work you wont need to do exams

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Re: Are exams a waste of time?

Post by Annaa » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:36 am

Uhuahuahuehuahuhuhuhuuuahue in my country to take a grade are to ways one is with exams, other is the teacher ask you live in presence of all other students.Exams are a bad way cuz all my class`s friends steal in exams.But when teacher`s ask us in presence of all students u can`t steal from books or notebooks,u can speak only that that u know.
If you don`t like me remember it's mind over matter..I don't mind and you don't matter..

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Re: Are exams a waste of time?

Post by AzizA » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:15 pm

TalkingPoint wrote:Are exams a waste of time?

Are exams a waste of time?
Sometimes Ifeel so,simply because we rely on learning by heart in most of times!!
2 years later, I'll became a teacher of English;I'll get quite joy whenever I'll use my English^^

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Re: Are exams a waste of time?

Post by Koala » Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:17 am

I don't think so. An exam help us check how much we've learned, how much knowledge we've got and how much we haven't. In other hand, if hadn't exams, would we spend time to review our lessons? especially lessons in subjects we don't like. In fact, all subjects are useful this way or that way but we only focus on what we like.

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