As you may know, I tutor law students and almost inevitably this time of year I get post-exam emails asking specific substantive questions about topics that were on the test.
It was the same in law school. Exam finishes, everyone goes out for a drink (or seven), and the discussion starts: “What did you think about the second essay? I said that [blah, blah, blah] but now I think maybe it was actually [blah, blah, blah]. Argh, I wish I’d thought of that sooner!”
Can we just take a second here?
Worrying about your exam after it’s over is a complete waste of time! Don’t do it.
Sure, maybe you’re one of those strange birds who actually cares about these substantive answers, but — rest assured — you’ll get the sample answer. You can satisfy your curiosity then, when it’s not preventing you from doing the actual work that needs to be done.
Thinking about, talking about, or researching an exam that already happened isn’t getting you any closer to the end goal of doing well on your next test. It’s straight up procrastination, dressed up in the guise of intellectual enrichment.
The test is over — move on!
You’ll thank me later.
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