Mr. Beatty, a professor at a community college in Maryland, was preparing to give the first exam of the semester to his accounting class. He’d always allowed students to bring a 3×5 note card to the exams to help them remember complicated processes or little notes that would help them along during the test…but one student found a way to use that to his advantage. Mr. Beatty is very precise, and the student figured out a way to use that fact to his advantage.
While Beatty had written out that the class could bring “a 3×5 notecard,” he hadn’t specified whether that would be in inches…or FEET!
In walks this student with a 3 foot by 5 foot note card covered in notes, processes, reference materials, and definitions. Beatty couldn’t say no because according to his own instructions, the student was right!
When the picture went viral, some people were concerned that the student was “cheating” his way through the course.
Beatty clarified why notes for an accounting exam were different from other courses:
An accounting exam, designed effectively, requires application of concepts and proficiency in the material, not just regurgitating facts. In a time-sensitive environment (such as this), a student will not be successful, regardless of the size of test aid, if he/she cannot apply concepts to various practical situations.” He wrote.
Taking an exam like this applies all of the knowledge learned at once. Besides, writing out that huge poster board of information was probably enough studying to ace the test anyway…we bet he didn’t even use it!
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