Pro’s & Con’s of Practical’s after Exams

Importance of Practical examinations is often a topic for debate, a topic which we tend not to give them much thought and dedication to ace them. On the contrary, our mind seeks for practical implementation to what we have learnt in our books and other sources.

“Knowledge, is of no value, unless you put it into practice.”

Anton Chekhov

Practical Examinations:

  1. Supports experiential learning.
  2. Encourages the art of self-learning.
  3. Makes students independent and increases their confidence.

Let’s rewind our clocks back to October 2018, the tentative date sheet for GGSIPU (or IPU) End Semester exams was released. There was nothing different about it except the scheduling of the exams. Theory Papers were supposed to start mid of November(originally) when this was usually the time for Practical’s. Here, we got to know about Practical’s being held after the end of Theory exams. Initially everyone including me was a bit startled, change always brings its share of criticism and rightfully so it was observed here as well.

With the recent notice regarding April — May Semester Exams it seems what was practiced in the previous semester with the arrangement of the Theory and Practical exams will be repeated again. So,again it brings forth its challenges which we need to overcome with our prior experience. Though this might not have been a welcoming decision, it had its advantages and disadvantages which many might have experienced before.

So, without wasting time, lets discuss for what you are here:

Pro’s

  1. Motivates you to study for the main exams much earlier.
  2. Good performance in Theory exams make you confident for Practical’s.
  3. Usually when we study for viva for our Practical Exams, we only cover topics related to the experiments we have performed. But in some cases, teacher expects us to know more in depth about our subject and not just topics related to experiments covered.
  4. So, by studying the subject in depth during the main exams (Theory) we cover all there is to know about the respective subject.
  5. With no pitstop in between the exams (Theory) and preparation, one can carefully plan his/her strategy for the exams

Con’s

  1. Usually after the final exam, one tends to lose interest or doesn’t feel the urge to study after the hectic theory exams, leading to less revision of concepts before viva for Practical’s.
  2. One needs to shift into high gear almost automatically rather than build up slowly with Practical’s before Theory.

Everyone has a different opinion towards an issue, different ways to tackle them or overcome it but one thing remains the same. It is our will to act on it. Realistically it doesn’t matter what happens before or after, it’s just our mind that needs to process things in a way which makes us see the solutions for a problem rather than worry about the change.

Examinations are held to test us, not suit our expectations. We should be open to learn and act on the experiences we gain from circumstances which are new to us and implement the learning in such a way so that we are not resisting the change but willing to modify our approach towards the issue and arrive on a solution which helps us to motivate ourselves and be proactive.

Irrespective of the advantages and disadvantages of having Practical’s after Exams, we students should be ready to mold ourselves according to the situation. No one knows what can happen in the future, and as students we should realize that and carefully plan to tackle the obstacles that could lie ahead of us.

For the NotesHub community out there:

Name: Archit Gupta
College: Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Engineering
Branch: Information Technology

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