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    Do you prefer writing essays or exams ?

    created by Allan Varghese 388 days 5 hours 3 minutes ago

    Category: Education

    Do you prefer writing essays or exams ?

    Hey all,

    Now that we are starting a new semester I am on a look out to see how professors are intending to evaluate the courses. I dont know about you, but one of the first things I check on my syllabus is to see how many essays am I suppose to write and is there any exams for this particular course.

    So my today's question is based on that. If you are given a choice to either write essays or sit for exams, what would you choose and why ?

    I would prefer essays if I have sometime to do my research. For some reason I don't like exams. It's mostly because of the anxiety I got to go through while preparing for the exam. I also feel who learn a lot when you are research for writing an essay.

    What about you ? Exam or essay ? why so ?

    Thanks for reading and commenting !!!
    Allan

    Re: Do you prefer writing essays or exams ?

    Hey Allan!

    I prefer exams. I think they need less thought and preparation. Essays usually require studying, researching, and editing whereas ecmxams just need studying. As much as I enjoy writing, I don't like all kinds of essays.


    Karely

    Re: Do you prefer writing essays or exams ?

    Hey Allan,

    Essays all the way. I hate exams and think that they are not the best way of proving that you understand a concept. I enjoy essays because you can express how well you understand a topic in a different way. I get really bad anxiety when I take tests, so I sometimes do really bad, even if I have a solid understanding of the content. I also actually just really enjoy writing essays so I guess I would pick that ha ha.



    Have a great day!

    Re: Do you prefer writing essays or exams ?

    Hey Allan!

    I think it varies on the topic for me. I also think that most standardized testing isn't the best way of proving someone's grasp of a concept. With an essay, you can demonstrate your own version of a concept. However, the perfectionist part of me would never allow me to create a full essay in a restricted time frame. When rushed, I get caught up in the details along the way so by the end of it... I have a really good first half.. and an obviously rushed second half. Standardized combats that a bit but still not my forte.


    -Cory

    Re: Do you prefer writing essays or exams ?

    Hey Allan!

    Definitely essays. I like having the time to let my odeas grow and settle as well as the time to properly revise and edit.

    The tome limits of exams stress me out and I think essays are kind of fun anyways!

    Thanks for the forum!

    - Anna

    Re: Do you prefer writing essays or exams ?

    Good morning, Allan!

    I would much rather write an essay than take an exam. With an essay, I have the ability to reach out to outside sources to help assist me with writing the essay and gathering the information needed for the essay. An exam, it is all on you and what you have been able to retain from the studying. Exams can also be tricky sometimes because they can offer a couple of "right" answers but the professor wants the best answer and well the professor's best answer may differ from your line of thought.

    Have a great day and good luck this week!

    Re: Do you prefer writing essays or exams ?

    It depends. If the topic is something I'm good at and that I enjoy learning about, then I don't mind an exam or even an essay, but if it's a subject I don't really like would rather avoid exams without impacting my grade, then definitely the essay.

    Re: Do you prefer writing essays or exams ?

    Hello Alan,

    It depends on a lot of factors for me. How long is the paper/test? What is the subject? ect. I can't say I'm much of a fan of either options, though. I have terrible test anxiety, but papers can also become very stressful for me (and easy to procrastinate on). In my disciple - computer science - I'd much prefer to take a programming test than write a long paper about a difficult concept. I'm more inclined to write English and humanities papers that allow me to voice my personal opinions.

    In general, class projects are my favorite, as they provide a nice way to apply the skills you learned in the class, and have a finished product to be proud of.

    Thanks,

    -Nathan

    Re: Do you prefer writing essays or exams ?

    Hi!

    I prefer to write essays, as I've always done well with them.I'm really good at memorizing, so I finish exams way too quickly, and then sit and question each of my choices. In essays I can use information I have from other sources or create various situations for comparison, whereas with exams the answers are generally black and white, ignoring any grey areas. In my most recent AP English class we had to write an essay over passivity v. deliberate wrong-doing, and I thought it was pretty interesting to explore each circumstance.

    Re: Do you prefer writing essays or exams ?

    Hello Allan!

    Personally, I hate writing essays because I never seem to get the "structure" of it right, especially the thesis statement. I love writing, but I would rather be able to write whatever I wanted without it having to be in a special format. So I would probably rather take exams because they ask specific questions.

    Thanks for the forum!

    Re: Do you prefer writing essays or exams ?

    So my today's question is based on that. If you are given a choice to either write essays or sit for exams, what would you choose and why ? If given a choice, I would rather be able to write an essay instead of sitting in for exam. Given the resources we have, it is a whole lot easier to write essays and research for them given the amount of information we have access to. I like writing as well. I am very detail oriented so it is very hard for me to write short essays versus long essays. I love being able to research a given topic. On the flip slide, I hate taking tests. I feel as though I am a terrible test taker and I have horrible test anxiety. When I get to the test I have trouble going back and remembering what I studied because my nerves get so tensed up.
    If it were me I would go for the essay, Allan

    Re: Do you prefer writing essays or exams ?

    Hey!!

    So, i would have to agree I would definitely pick and Essay over an exam. I feel like thier is way less pressure because those last few weeks I know we all get super overwhelmed with how many exams we have to study for!! I think having a few essays would be more fun because not only is it a little less stressful, I feel like you can succeed more due to getting help in all sorts of ways to make your essay the best you can!