Overly-Focus On Exams

by Patrick Liew on October 31, 2016

While there are virtues in having exams, there are also many downsides that could cause negative effects and even irreparable damages on students.

When there’s an over-focus on exams, it has a tendency to drive students in gaming the exam system to achieve good grades.

These students can possibly achieve good results through rote methods of learning, constant practices using sample questions, intensive tuitions, and spending an overly-amount of time on studying for exams.

As a result, they may become too focused on their own needs, and may choose to forge ahead and leave others behind.

By putting unnecessary pressures on students to study for exams and meet potentially harmful real and perceived expectations, it may erode students’ joy of learning, and passion and commitment to learn how to learn.

These students may be distracted from developing other important values, such as development of leadership, teamwork, and giving back skills.

To assess learning outcomes, there are possibly better ways than having exams. They include ongoing reviews and feedback, discussions, structured exercises and practical projects.

Ultimately, let’s not lose sight of the purpose of education to mould and shape every student in becoming a wise, moral and responsible person.

Every student should become a useful person who can contribute to strengthening communities, economy and society.

He must know how to address social injustice, achieve progress for society, and live a meaningful, productive and fulfilling life.


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