Exam season!

For what is probably the last time in my life, I have reached the yearly exam season. This time, though, something has changed.

What has changed? Well, I’m not scared of them anymore. Exams used to be these terrifying things that dominated each and every Spring. Now, though, I’ve learn to enjoy them.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I’ll be glad when I don’t have to take exams anymore. The sheer amount of revision that has to be done for each and every exam is really rather annoying. I don’t like revision and I’m not particularly good at it, compared to some of my friends. Then again, the friend that I’m thinking of in particular is terrified of exams and tends to have minor panic attacks in the exam hall.

Personally, I’ve come to find the exam hall a rather nice experience. Perhaps the word I’m looking for is `exhilarating… Anyway, it’s quite nice, all in all. Everyone files in, finds their seats and sorts out their pens. The exam paper is sitting in front of you, but you can’t look at the questions yet. The exam rules and regulations are read out, and finally you’re told to start. Then – silence.

It’s never really silent. There’s the loud hum of the air conditioner, the slow `tap tap’ pacing of the invigilators, the turning of pages and the `scritch scritch’ of several hundred pens. Even so, though, it’s quiet compared to how it was a few minutes ago. You open the paper and read through the questions. Good – you know how to answer them. Better still, you don’t have to attempt the questions you can’t answer. In some of the exams at my university you have to answer three out of five questions. Often enough, you can pick out the nice questions and leave the ones that you don’t really understand. It’s a good system.

Time passes. You look at the clock and work out if you’re on track. How many minutes can you spend on each mark? Finally, the exam comes to an end. Papers are collected, with any extra answer booklets used tied to them. I always tie mine on with a little bow, to make it look nice. I’ve been doing that since at least sixth form, possibly even GCSE level. I’d forgot that until yesterday, when I had my first exam of the year.

With the last of the papers collected, people are dismissed row by row. You head out into the brilliant sunlight. It’s over.

 

Yeah, I’m going to miss exams.

2 Comments »

  1. Louise said,

    May 4, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

    Hello! This is the first time I’ve left a comment on somebody’s blog! I presume the friend that you’re referring to that has minor panic attacks in the exam hall is me! Well I think I’m over it now. I’ve reached the point where I’ve stressed out so much about exams that I am now bored of stressing. So now I don’t care! I will just do what I can do and enjoy the experience like you! Well we’ll see…

  2. Brian said,

    May 5, 2008 @ 10:36 am

    Hey Louise! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂
    That friends is indeed you, but I was trying to be discreet. I’m glad that you’re over it! In the end it’s just not worth stressing over exams, is it? Good luck with enjoying the rest of your exams!

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