The sem's ending, so here's a reminder to students studying for finals from Cracked: 7 dumbest things students do when cramming for exams. I've complained about students posting on the net about how much they haven't studied, when they couldv'e logged out instead and worked... I am most annoyed by those pity-parties who hold contests about who's worse, but I realized I should do anything productive instead of listening or reading about their complaints.
I noticed in elementary and high school, people say more, "I only got 65 in the exam" rather than "I didn't understand anything." Do we care more about grades, who was higher or lower, than what we get from a subject? (Though grades are the indicator we have used for so long)
In the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a teacher in English Writing experimented with his students. They would pass their drafts and papers, but grades wouldn't be given: only pass or fail. Many disapproved. The prospective A students would still attend class, while those the teacher expected to fail didn't show up much anymore because they didn't like the new system. Soon, interesting things began in class, the expected-failures-to-be attended again out of curiosity. The teacher's point was those who excel prioritized what they learn than the grade, while those who'll likely fail wanted to see the grade to tell them that they were getting by.
"The Shadow Scholar" is a disturbing article on college education about a guy's experience in his job as a ghostwriter for student papers. In college he was a frustrated creative writer. Soon he was famous on campus, well-payed for writing theses and researches of his lazy and rich classmates. He writes about it so well.