The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 66 (1988) > Issues > Issue 9 > Correspondence on Where Now with the Teaching of Structures? by Professor A. Jennings and Dr. S. Gil
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Correspondence on Where Now with the Teaching of Structures? by Professor A. Jennings and Dr. S. Gilbert

Mr K. G. Armstrong: One topic not mentioned by the authors is that of examinations. I can remember two goals while studying civil engineering: to learn the subject and to pass the degree examination. Working for these goals pulled one in opposite directions. Learning the subject required slow, quiet consideration of the material presented. Passing the exams required learning the subject very quickly. I decided that this tension could be dealt with only by forgetting the learning and concentrating on passing the exams. The exam would be set by the lecturers concerned, based on the material they had presented. Learn their material, follow their procedures (‘parrot fashion’, if necessary, i.e. usually), and the questions could be answered.