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Excuses, Reasons, or Alibis?

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In honor of exams ending today here at BJU, following close on the heels of students' course evaluations, I'm posting about a technique that has long been practiced by students and many others in various professions — the art of coming up with creative excuses (reasons? alibis?) for explaining their performance in times of testing. Some of the things below might also appear on students' course evaluations. You teachers out there may recognize some of these.

(With the time crunch of exams, I'm reposting this from 4 years ago. That's my story, and I'm sticking with it!)

What students say when exams roll around...

When they are given an objective test:
"It doesn't let you express yourself."

When they are given an essay test:
"It's so vague. You don't know what's expected."

When they are given many minor tests:
"Why not have a few big ones? This keeps you on edge all the time."

When they are given only a few major tests:
"Too much depends on each one."

When they are given no tests:
"It's not fair. How can he possibly judge what we know?"

When every part of the subject is discussed in class:
"Oh, he just follows the book."

When they are asked to study a part of the subject by themselves:
"We never even discussed it!"

When the course is in lecture form:
"We never get a chance to say anything!"

When the course consists of informal lecture and discussion:
"He just sits there. Who wants to hear the students? He doesn't know how to teach the course."

When detailed material is presented:
"What's the use? You forget it all after the exam anyway."

When general principles are presented:
"What did we learn? We knew that before we took the course."


I'm hoping to read in the comments some alibis excuses reasons my readers have used or heard.


"Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties." — Charles H. Spurgeon

=^..^= =^..^=

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

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2 Comments on “Excuses, Reasons, or Alibis?”

  1. #1 Brian Goeckeler
    on May 8th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    When they miss too many days. I wasn’t there to learn the material.

    When they miss no days. I was too tired from being there to learn everything.

  2. #2 Jim Oach (Oach Corner buddy)
    on May 11th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    When they get an “A” in the course, they say, “Can I take this course again for credit?” [Actually happened]

    When they get a “D” in the course, they say, “I knew I should never have taken this course.”

    Keep up the good work, Monsieur Loach.