I’m usually very modest, but I’m allowing myself a bit of vanity to have a wee rant.
All my life I’ve been told that I am very clever. I am, and that’s something I’ve always loved. The problem I have is applying it to what the educational systems want me to do, so memorizing things and regurgitating them out onto exam papers and whatnot. Put me in a group of people and give me a task and I’ll figure things out really quickly, but oftentimes staring at a piece of paper makes me draw a blank, to concepts that I usually completely understand.
It’s a shame, because I do well in laboratory work and classes, and I’ll understand things in lectures almost as soon as they’re said, but take all those stimuli away and I find myself a bit lost.
I have a mid-semester exam tomorrow, and I’ll be damned if I don’t do well. There’s people I know who aren’t as bright as myself but who are good at simply memorizing and repeating, oftentimes it’s those people who then turn ask me to explain to them what they’ve just said. I know for a fact they’ll do well tomorrow purely from their memorizing skills.
I wish there was an exam format where you had to sit and explain things to people as opposed to writing, I’d do so much better… They sound the same, but to me they’re really not.