Why should I be judged on my writing skills, in a History examination?
So today A-Level examination results were received, which means that whether you are a teenager, parent or friend of someone who is finding out their results today, you are under pressure in some way.
Last year I gained incredibly bad anxiety that put me under a lot of pain, all because I was worried for the outcome of my exams. I revised all the time, as I felt guilty not revising, but over all, the knowledge didn’t go in. The problem was, my English skills!
Regarding my writing, it is very neat, in fact is resembles a girls writing, the problem was my sentences were very limited, my punctuation lacked, and I just threw words on to this page to show the examiner what I knew, only this wasn’t what the examiner wanted. They want someone with spotless grammar, and complex sentences.
That doesn’t make sense? Why should I be judged on my writing skills, in a History examination? I have all the knowledge, I have it all there, but what I dont have are he complex skills to evaluate this knowledge and be able to write masses of pages on this. I can tell you what effected weaponry in the wars between 1760 and 1945 when also applying knowledge of leadership and the effects of the armies command and control, ask me to write it down and we have a problem!
Try this scenario, learning about German history from 1918 to 1956. Quite interesting, plenty to know. There are 6 topics we shall say, and you are promised that in your examine, 3 of these topics will come up. You therefore revise all 6 of the sections. In the exam, your favoritism 3 come up. YAY! but wait, the problem is you have to write 10% knowledge and 90% judgement, evaluation, assessment, approval, appraisal, estimation, reckoning and what ever else!! THAT’S NOT YOUR KNOWLEDGE ON THE SUBJECT!!!
Same scenario, same six topics, only all six come up. Only what if instead, you go to sit the exam, you open the booklet and its 150 questions, about the topic. Some can be complex and require longer answers, but in perspective, this challenges your knowledge! This challenges whether or not you know the subject, this doesn’t challenge your writing skills. This means you have to know the subject and this requires you to revise. It therefore means those with fantastic writing skills who also seem to get better grades just by knowing a little bit of the course also have to revise.
I’m sure a great amount of people reading this would agree with that. I hope so anyway.
(I apologize in advance, I have a blog, and this whole post was about my lack of writing skills! I have banter in my lungs and air in my heart! Oh no wait! Air in my lungs and banter in my heart!)