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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 15, No. 4. March 27, 1952



(2) The other alternative to Dishing Up the Same Old Stuff is instead of presenting to the Examiner a verbatim transcription of what he has said, to shuffle the lecture-notes well before commencing play, and then play a selection of them only in as different an order as possible from that in which they were dealt to the Student by the Examiner. Exhaustive tests have shown that the appearance on the same page of a candidate's answer book of a fact which appeared on, say, page 15 of the Examiner'S lecture-notes and a fact which appeared on, say, page 273, exerts upon the Examiner a charm so irresistible as to render him unfit for a proper assessment of play. The appearance of the facts is proof that the Student has Done Some Work, while the unfamiliar juxtaposition, since with luck it will be individual, excludes the possibility of the Examiner's perceiving, after prolonged repetition, that the facts do not support the arguments, and is considered as proof that the Student Understands His Subject. This method, of course, still requires the Student actually to Do Some Work, but with a little experience this can be reduced to a minimum, and calculated beforehand to a nicety. If, during play, the Student finds he has miscalculated and Done too little Work, a pass can still usually be secured by the judicious mixture of a little carefully selected Pure Invention in Reverse. This consists in proceeding as for Pure Invention, but with this difference that the facts and arguments are attributed to what are usually referred to as "Some Authorities," and then confidently disagreed with. It will be appreciated that Pure Invention in Reverse is practicable only as one facet of a method Of play such as that suggested here.

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