Pat’s desk was equally well ordered, there was an elegance and functionality to the layout
I sat between Pat and Sam. After photographing Pat’s book and desk I asked Sam if I could photograph Sam’s book and desk
Sam smiled, giggled a little, and said yes. Sam spent time colour coding the highlighted sections, reading and highlighting, tearing-up post-it notes to strips then placing them on pages as we encountered information. As the course progressed the post-it notes became creased and were moved around, re-ordered. Sam’s desk looked a little hap-hazard to the outsider but in reality there was clear order and functionality to the process being used.
My book? No highlights, no highlighter pen, no post-it notes, page markers or even pencil notes.
My plan was not to spend any time finding stuff in the book during the 2 and a half hour exam, not to create and remember colour-coding systems. Why not? My goal was to understand the book’s contents to a level that alleviates the need for reference and developing a reference system beyond the existing contents list, index and glossary. Novel approach for this course where the instructors actually told us what to highlight! A risky approach because there is more information in the book than I could learn in the time I’ve been studying. Not marking-up the book was partly a motivation to learn the contents.
To my amazement – I PASSED! without opening the book in an open book exam! Now many people might say that’s just
stubborn and silly?
You know me well!