Apparently this is not the case in England. They do things differently over there. Namely, instead of 2 or 3 tests a term and then a final exam, there is only 1 final exam. That’s right. One exam that counts for pretty much your whole grade. While this is not such a big deal to students in, say China, it’s a big change from MIT where our rooms are filled with piles of psets. AND, here’s what I think is the real killer, all the exams for the entire year happen during a 2-3 week period in the Easter term (there are 3 terms: Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter). So what does this mean? It means that we’re supposed to study over Christmas and Easter break. In fact, for engineers, the exams are at the beginning of Easter term so there’s panic over the last couple of weeks of Easter break.
So how are MIT students faring with this studying over the holidays business? Well, for the first week or so I was really motivated to get a lot of stuff done. But then Christmas came. And well, that means family, food, more family, TV, movies, more food… you know. So uh, I’ve been putting things off. Sigh, I foresee more panic once I get back to Cambridge. Oh wells… I mean, I’m sitting at home while writing this. Most of the other people on the exchange are traveling Europe. How much studying do you think they’re doing?