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(Gizmodo)   Student caught with 35-foot long cheat sheet filled with 25,000 answers -- when he could have just used that time to study   (gizmodo.com) divider line 14
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2012-06-13 07:39:33 AM  
4 votes:
He probably retained more of the material than he realized just by recopying everything. Re-writing my notes was always an effective study tool for me.

CSB time!

When I was in high school, my economics teacher would give everyone in the class a 1"x3" piece of paper before every test. That was our cheat sheet. As many notes as we could fit onto that tiny sheet of paper we could bring into the test with us. He would also award 2 bonus points to the student who could get the most notes on their sheet. I got that 2 points on more than one occasion. I managed to fit an entire chapter including a pie chart on there one time. Incidentally, after doing all that I knew the material really well and barely needed to reference the sheet.

/CSB
2012-06-13 08:49:05 AM  
3 votes:

Muta: I cheated my way through my Stats and Calc classes in college. We were allowed a sheet of scratch paper to do the work. I printed the formula on the sheet using the palest gray that I could read. The chances were slim the instructor could read the formula standing next to my desk as he passed out the tests but just to be sure, I'd pick the page up and show him that both sides were "blank". It'd be impossible to notice any text if the page was moving.


You may have had crappy instructors. All our exams beyond the very basic were open note, open book, including my grad school tests. The general attitude in our stat department was "in the real world, you'll have reference material". The tests stopped being about memorization and became about application.
2012-06-13 08:53:00 AM  
2 votes:

PanicMan: Easy. Allow cheat sheets, but shorten the test time. Poorly made or copied sheets will be useless.


This. In my experiences, I learned more from creating "cheat sheets" in the classes that allowed it than trying to cram into my head every iota of information from every obscure corner of the course materials.
2012-06-13 07:21:56 AM  
2 votes:
I cheated my way through my Stats and Calc classes in college. We were allowed a sheet of scratch paper to do the work. I printed the formula on the sheet using the palest gray that I could read. The chances were slim the instructor could read the formula standing next to my desk as he passed out the tests but just to be sure, I'd pick the page up and show him that both sides were "blank". It'd be impossible to notice any text if the page was moving.
2012-06-13 10:03:05 AM  
1 votes:
I liked the approach that my stats professor in grad school took. Not only did he acknowledge that we would never have to memorize any of the material in the real world, but also that we would never be doing the math by hand. On exams we were allowed to either answer a question with the actual answer, or by writing the formula, complete with all inputs, that Excel would use to calculate the answer.
2012-06-13 08:59:58 AM  
1 votes:

Honest Bender: Muta: I cheated my way through my Stats and Calc classes in college. We were allowed a sheet of scratch paper to do the work.

We were allowed calculators. Ti-89's can store text files...


Heh.

The Army makes you take what are called "Skill Qualification Tests" once a year. Those are tests that make sure you know what your job is. You don't want to fail an SQT, but I can't recall that happening to anyone. Then again, we used those skills every day, being actively engaged in the SIGINT business.

Anyway, the SQT for Morse interceptors consisted of a couple of parts: One was actually copying Morse by writing down what you heard from a tape, and the other was written. The interesting part is that the NCOs giving the tests weren't dittyboppers, and didn't know Morse. So, on the written portion, if you got stuck on a question (an admitted rarity), you could tap out the question number on your desk, and if a neighboring person knew the answer and was predisposed to helping, they would discretely tap back the answer. This actually worked because the questions were always multiple choice, and A, B, C, and D are distinct enough in Morse that just the pattern of tapping sufficed to convey the message. This is also true for the numbers. Had the answers required been "A, N, I, M", we probably couldn't have managed it just via tapping.

It also helped that generally one side of the room during the test session was taking the Morse portion while the other side was taking the written, due to a lack of tape players: There was enough "QRM/QRN" going on that the faint tappings of fingers or pencil erasers wasn't blatantly obvious.
2012-06-13 08:46:09 AM  
1 votes:

Honest Bender: Muta: I cheated my way through my Stats and Calc classes in college. We were allowed a sheet of scratch paper to do the work.

We were allowed calculators. Ti-89's can store text files...


I was the only one in my statistics class who knew how to program a calculator. Made that class a breeze, it was all just plugging stuff into formulas.
2012-06-13 08:10:03 AM  
1 votes:
My senior year @ Purdue, our SQL prof allowed 1 8.5x11 sheet of notes for the final. At the time, I worked 3rd shift at Kinkos's. We had a machine with a 24x36 pane of glass that could shrink 25% at a time. I could shrink 9 pages at a time. With margins cut off, I was able to get 15 2"x3" tiles on each side of the paper. Each tile contained 9 pages from the manual. In the end I was able to put the entire 250 page manual on 1 double sided sheet of paper, plus leave room for a few notes of my own. I gave it to the prof when I handed in the test. He gave me 1 pt extra credit for it.
2012-06-13 07:53:07 AM  
1 votes:

hobblekitty: He probably retained more of the material than he realized just by recopying everything. Re-writing my notes was always an effective study tool for me.


That is how I got through my accounting classes. The test usually consisted of two long journals and some short answer/multiple guess questions. The journals were loosely based on the ones in the text book. I'd spend the two hours before the test copying the text book examples three times or so. During the test I could crank through the journals with my eyes closed. I wouldn't be able to answer If you asked me a question 3 hours later since I didn't retain anything but I got A's in all my accounting classes.

After reading how I got through Stats, Calc and Accounts, you'd be correct if you thought that I was just cruising through my professional career getting by with the minimum of effort. You know what? It's working out fairly well. I've only got to pull this off for about 25 years and I've only got about 7 more years before I can retire.
2012-06-13 07:45:45 AM  
1 votes:

hobblekitty: Incidentally, after doing all that I knew the material really well and barely needed to reference the sheet.


This is what I came to say. If I was allowed a cheat sheet on a test, I barely used it because, hell, I'd had actually taken the time to write out and memorize the thing before. It was a fantastic study tool.
2012-06-13 07:41:26 AM  
1 votes:

Muta: I cheated my way through my Stats and Calc classes in college. We were allowed a sheet of scratch paper to do the work.


We were allowed calculators. Ti-89's can store text files...
2012-06-13 07:21:59 AM  
1 votes:
I never understood the mentality of "closed-book, closed-notes" tests. Granted, I played the game by the rules and was always one of the lucky ones who just tests well, but after school, when you're out in the "Real World," we call cheat sheets "reference material."

Case in point: I'm a chef. I had to memorize all sorts of temperatures and other regulations for my ServSafe certification. That's fine and dandy, and it is good to know it off-hand, but you'd be fooling yourself if you think minimum internal temperature charts aren't plastered all over the kitchen.

The weirder stuff I had to memorize for that test, though, was lighting requirements in different parts of the restaurant (I believe it was in lumens?). Yeah, not sure how to test that exactly without what must be needlessly expensive equipment.
2012-06-13 07:18:25 AM  
1 votes:
The high school student who was cheating on an university entrance exam in Kazakhstan.....

i no longer give a fark, i expect this from asians
2012-06-13 06:57:22 AM  
1 votes:
It's a bad translation from Russian. What the original article from the Kazakh Workers' Daily says is, roughly, that the student was caught selling exam answers and was caught with 35 different sets of answers and was fined 25,000 Roubles and two chickens. Also that the stated crime was "larceny and indecent capitalism" due to the price he was charging for the exam answers, which was only 1/10th the official price set by the National Teachers and Road Workers' Union. Then the article drifts off into random praise for Nursultan Nazarbayev and ends with a call to all true Kazakhs to wash more often.
 
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