Oral Exams Suck

Spent the day listening to people telling me wonderful and not-so-wonderful things about the Norman Conquest, the Tudors and the development of parliament / development of religion / history of Ireland. Am now convinced that William the Conqueror deserves to be shot for ever crossing the Channel. And when we’re at it, we should shoot Henry VII, too, for winning the Battle of Bosworth, killing Richard III, and thus getting his stupid butt onto the English throne. I hates ze Normans and ze Tudors!

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2 thoughts on “Oral Exams Suck

  1. Anonymous

    is this necessarily helpful for all those who’ve spent weeks to learn this stuff? esp. by a course instructor? we might as well argue that you should come up with a better course design instead of leaving us with comments like “I hates ze Normans and ze Tudors”…

  2. Sandra Schwab

    Dear anonymous,

    first of all, it’s always a sign of terribly good manners to visit somebody else’s blog, leave a rather rude comment and not even sign it with your own name. Well done!

    Secondly, what the heck do oral exams have to do with course design? Especially if they are part of an official intermediate exam? Furthermore, I would imagine our students are well aware how exhausting 10-15 oral exams per day are for the teachers – especially if they have to ask questions about the Tudors fifteen times in a row. (Big hint: our students can choose the topics for their oral exams. The Tudors and the development of parliament or religion are all-time favourites. It’s a frigging joke among teachers and students.)

    And last but not least, to quote Karen Scott, “if you don’t like it here, you know what you can do.”

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