Can’t Take The Heat Of Exams

| Learning | April 17, 2014

(We’re all sitting in a midterm exam. Our professor is standing at the front, watching over us. He’s usually a really friendly and generally intelligent guy. He’s told us we should be able to clear his exam in 30-45 minutes. About 20 minutes into the test, the fire alarm starts to ring. We all pause, kind of unsure of what’s going on. Soon, we hear the other rooms around ours emptying into the hallway. We all start to pack up when the professor speaks up.)

Professor: “No, no, don’t worry. Sit back down. It’s okay.”

(We all just look up and stare at him for a moment.)

Student: “That’s the fire alarm, sir. We should get out of here.”

Professor: *looking at the clock on the wall* “You guys should be able to finish in 10 minutes. Keep going!”

(Some students uneasily start settling down while others just make for the door. The same student speaks up.)

Student: “You want us to write this in the middle of a fire?”

Professor: *casually* “Oh, you’re right. I’m being stupid. All right, let’s get out of here!”

(We all leave. The week after, we sit down to write the exam again – only to see that he’s using exactly the same questions, just in a different order! Our class average was extremely high, and the professor couldn’t figure out why!)

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