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Why would she not tell you that in the beginning when she passed it out????

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always use the full time allotted

sounds like a waste of time. why would you sit there if you didn't know anything else?

To see if any more bullshit comes to mind of course!

Because you have to sit there anyway. This seems like high school because universities don't have surprise tests. If you're forced to be there anyway, why not use all the time you have to reason it out?

Universities may not have have a surprise test but they do have surprise quizzes!

OP could have used their notes

I pretty much used the same technique when I was in school myself #42. It's much better if you have a multiple choice or short answer type of test/quiz because if you just keep staring at it, you will inevitably start second guessing your answers. And once that happens, your score has a very high probability of going down the drain.

This sounds like high school, and most of the time teachers let you do other stuff once you're done.

At my school you can use your phone or you can read after you hand in a test.

If I don't know the material, I'll turn it in as soon as I'm done bs-ing it that way I have less time to second guess my gut.

Why would she not tell you that in the beginning when she passed it out????

Maybe she didn't want them to relay fully on there notes.

I remember teachers would do this all the time, all I did was check the answers I bs'd with my notes and finish. Giving out access to notes was a godsend that was always relied on.

They wanted to see their students squirm a little.

She saw OPs paper and realised her class knew fuck all so let them use their notes. OP took one for the team - well done!

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It says it was a surprise test, so they couldn't have really studied for it.

Shit yeah, my bad. Still, he should at least be somewhat familiar with the material of notes were taken...

@27 I get what you're saying, and you're probably right; I'd bet that OP was at least familiar with the test material. But that isn't the same as being prepared at all, which was the wording that OP used. If I had a surprise test over the unit we're going over in differential calculus, I'd be familiar enough with the material to bullshit my way through to an extent, but I certainly wouldn't be prepared to earn a grade that was up to par with my potential performance. I know the gap between familiarity and preparedness can widen or narrow depending on the subject matter, but there is a distinction between experiencing something once, and studying and learning it in a thorough and concentrated fashion.

No, you chill. ^

I made an 80 on it, but if I had the notes I definitely would of made a 100. It's no big deal though! :)

Did she not say it before the test or were you not listening?

Must've been during it

She waited until the last 5 minutes of class to tell us so everyone could try their best before using the notes. It's okay though I still passed lol

hmm.. im struggling to find a reason why you didn't study for your surprise test.

Surprise plot twist!

If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. That's why it's a good idea to always go to class up to date with what you should know. It goes beyond knowing that as test is coming.

It was a surprise test. How would OP know that there would be a test? And how do you know that OP isn't up to date on what they're learning in class?

you don't know there's a test, that's why you should always be prepared and know your material. if he knew it, this would not be an fml.

8 is right. Life really isn't about being told what's going to happen in order to prepare. No doctor gets told about the car crash trauma patient they will get, or the house that's going to be burnt for fire fighters, or the criminals that will shoot at the cops. Part of school is preparing for the real world. In fact, in these earlier years of education that is the primary purpose (as learning romantic English literature and 16th century history really has no value beyond interest). Preparation before hand prepares you for the surprised in life. People would certainly expect me to know how to handle all trauma situations in an ER, especially if their loved one was the person on the table.

It goes beyond knowing that a** test is coming. Sure, I am occasionally lazy, but I know that we are supposed to go into class after reviewing at home what we have learned before, so that we continue learning. If OP kept up with everything, there would have been no need to completely bs the exam. The grade wouldn't have been as great as if preparation was allowed, but it wouldn't have been a fail. I'm not saying that I always keep up in my own studies, but I am aware that it is our responsibility to do so.

As a student, let me say that it can be really hard to be up to date on all your classes. Especially at a university or even high-school level, the daily and weekly readings are usually skimmed or left until absolutely needed. If I read everything for all my classes every week, I'd be reading 5 novels a week. It's not practical. Sometimes you have to rely on notes and cramming before a test so that you can dedicate a week or a few days to a single subject. Its easier and more practical to focus on each class as-needed than to be always 100% up to date on all readings.

If it's a surprise test, it's probably mid unit and the teacher was using it to see where the class is at. It doesn't make sense studying everyday when that would easily take over an hour considering that most high school students have at least 6 periods with homework and extracurricular activities.

No stock knowledge, OP? Seems you slept throughot the lecture. YDI

Then you should have went up, gotten your test back, and used your notes.

I saw this one in moderation. They tried, but the teacher wouldn't let them.

Then that teacher should be body slammed by the school's police officer.

Lmfao I agree.