My professor let us study our marked midterm papers. I photographed my paper, so that I could discover my mistakes and learn from them. My professor freaked out when I photographed my marked paper.

What’s wrong with photographing a marked midterm paper?

My professor didn’t forbid photographs in advance and other professors don’t mind photographs being taken, some even provide model answers.

My professor let us study our marked midterm papers. I photographed my paper, so that I could discover my mistakes and learn from them. My professor freaked out when I photographed my marked paper.

What’s wrong with photographing a marked midterm paper?

My professor didn’t forbid photographs in advance and other professors don’t mind photographs being taken, some even provide model answers.

My family originates from Russia but I only have experience with American academia. My parents constantly describe verbal exams whereupon a student is required to choose one of many cards that have a certain amount of questions on them and then after some time preparing be able to answer the question verbally to the professor, who can then ask follow up questions.

In my mind, this offers numerous benefits; it’s much harder to cheat this system as you have to verbalise your answer so copying is not an option, verbalisation is shown to help with memory’s retention, because you don’t know what topic the teacher/professor will follow up with you have to more deeply to impress the professor, and many more.

The drawbacks seem limited to me; more people standing around waiting to do the exam isn’t great, nor is the fact that this will be a bit more subjective to the teacher/professor.

Is there some specific reason as to why this isn’t done?

As described in Wikipedia article,

The Bologna Process is a series of ministerial meetings and agreements
between European countries to ensure comparability in the standards
and quality of higher-education qualifications.

Universities usually go through a series of supervisions to obtain the certificate that demonstrates the above mentioned quality of education.

These supervisions are, but not limited to, number of classrooms, regulations for exams, lab facilities, etc.

I am particularly interested in oral exam regulations. For instance, my former university had a strict rule:

There must be at least three lecturers/professors during the oral
exam, and full voice recording is mandatory.

I wonder if such rule applies for all universities in the Bologna process, or my former university was being over cautious.

I am preparing for a timed post-graduate test (for example, GRE, GMAT etc.). I get hung-up on questions where I don’t immediately find a path, and then beat myself over not doing it fast enough while I am still on the question. This further increases my time on the question by taking focus away from the problem at hand.

Additionally, the above gets compounded with thoughts of inadequacy- “I am dumb” etc. etc. This adds to the time guilt and takes away from thinking clearly about problem solving.

If you’ve had a similar experience, what did you do during test taking to overcome it?

Is it true that it’s impossible to take SAT and SAT Subject test on the same date? So, does it mean if I pass SAT general test, I have to wait and register for another date to pass SAT Physics. I’m asking because I wonder if CollegeBoard admission doesn’t offer any workarounds, for instance, if there’s only one available test date left due to college admission deadline. I find it absolutely inconvenient

KCL accepted me for a 4-year undergraduate degree. KCL permits exams to be written and proctored near your home, according to Personalised Assessment Arrangements (PAA). Classes always end by Apr. 1st, and exams are normally written on-campus in May-June.

I don’t live, and need to lease, in London. Because of my severe disabilities, I receive better care at home, and asked to request PAA permanently (e.g. for the whole of my degree) to bestow me certainty of any lease’s end date, rather than (re)apply for this every year/examination cycle.

Here’s why the latter obviously disturbs and upsets me, and can cause me financial loss:

Option 1: I lease until June, as I wouldn’t know if PAA’d be approved this year when I sign a lease. But if I learn that I’m approved for PAA no earlier than Jan. or Feb., then lease payments from Mar.-Jun. would be wasted as I’d fly home.

Option 2: I lease until Mar. 2019. But the risk is lacking residence in London, if my PAA is denied and I need to write exams in London in June.

I explained this dilemma to KCL’s Exam Services, but they still denied a permanent PAA. How can I challenge? Can the Equality Act 2010 help? I don’t see that KCL’s policy forbids permanent PAAs, but it doesn’t tender them either as an option.

I am not well enough prepared for an oral exam I will have soon. I should probably pass the exam but with a bad grade I wouldn’t be happy with. This comes due to some bad time management and some personal problems during the semester. Unfortunately I still decided to take the exam….

Since we have 2 tries I am planning to fail it. Now I am unsure how to do it politely. Is it ok to come by and see how the exam is, but answer bad on purpose or should I sent a mail that I’m not well prepared and apologize and come to the retake date?

I’m grateful for any advice how to handle the situation.