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Old 02-21-2018, 08:54 PM
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True, although we don't know how many hours went into 24 failed attempts, so it might not be as bad as you're imagining.

Also true.
You would think that all you would need is a quick review before the exam after having failed it 24 times. You have to admire the persistence though.
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You would think that all you would need is a quick review before the exam after having failed it 24 times. You have to admire the persistence though.
Lots of people never bother to learn how to effectively assess where their deficiencies are. They just assume that they are relatively good at the material that they find less offputting, and must need help in the stuff they think feels more foreign. Watching people do simple math problems is a useful demonstration of this. Some people will burn through all sorts of steps they think they know, making the same mistakes every time. They will insist that they "know" that procedure anyways, and will stubbornly resist putting any effort into improving on a process that they think they know, evidence be damned.

My initial take is that someone who got more than 10 5s on the same exam is probably incredibly poor at self-assessment. Probably the quintessential "do it the same as last time - just maybe a little more" mentality. The good news is that effective self-assessment is something that can be learned pretty simply. It doesn't even require a big "aha" moment. It just requires a bit of discipline to do the right data-gathering, and actually use said data correctly, even if it goes against one's gut feeling of what one "knows".

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