I have always been one to believe we reap what we sow. Most would probably agree that we enjoy thinking our hard work will pay off, however, there are exceptions to this rule.
We have all been there. You train hard for a race and do not place as you would like. You can’t bench press the same amount of weight you had no problem lifting last week. However, I have noticed that when you study hard for a test and do not do well, one of the first things we do is blame the professor.
Walking out of a test feeling like you did poorly is a horrible experience. It’s amplified roughly 50 times if you studied hard for that test and subconsciously got your hopes up. However, this does not justify ripping the professor apart. This was the case at the end of one of my science exams. Many of us left the exam perturbed at its trickiness. The next class, the professor, noticing the poor grades and gigantic curve that needed to be applied to the scores, decided to ask the class what it thought about the test.
What happened then was, for lack of a better word, embarrassing. People, shielded by the anonymity that comes with being in a large lecture hall, started to shout. Our professor seemed (to me, at least) to be desperately trying to keep his cool despite being the target of angry students.
“The test was too tricky.”
“You need better questions.”
“You shouldn’t put questions like X on the test.”
I did not agree with these sentiments. I figured the reason I did not do as well as I would’ve liked was because I stretched myself a bit too thin — having multiple tests in the same week is always something students generally dislike. Alas, I went through the mourning process with my unwanted grade and moved on.
Sometimes, although students utilize all the time in the world to study for a test, they still do poorly. They blame the professor, the weather or perhaps Canada.