The fear of exams is such a common phenomena for students all over Pakistan. It is a time when you as a student are expected to show your real worth (which, between you and me, is so overrated).
Being in the noble profession of teaching for more than a decade I have noticed that the students in Pakistan exhibit a behavior pattern when they enter the haunted room called Kamra-e-Imtihaan. The way they act in those three hours is very amusing for the likes of me. Here are 9 common behavior patterns or types of students in the exam hall.
- Excuse me Miss. The minute an exam paper is handed out to them they raise their hand to ask a question.
“Dude! Seriously…poora paper tou parhlo pehlay.”
- The starers. These students will just stare at the paper for an hour hoping that with some magic, divine intervention or ESPs the questions will change.
- The pen droppers. These types of students will drop something after every 10 minutes and get up to pick their belongings hoping to have a look around or take a sneak peek in someone else’s paper.
“Beta, they are as dumb as you are!”
- Kia iska answer yeh hai. These students have rattofied without understanding and now they want the teacher to tell them if this is the answer to the question in the paper.
“Really! Will surely tell you once the exam is over. In fact, will explain in detail!”
- Another sheet, Miss! These are basically the nerds who keep on writing pages and pages….for an MCQ paper. They are usually hated by the rest of the class because they put undue pressure on the average student.
- The yawner. Oh! How I hate the contagious yaaaaaawn. They will yawn with their eyes shut tight and their mouth wide open so much so that the cavities in their teeth will fall asleep!
- The early birds. These students do not worry about asking any questions or using the entire time frame given for the exam. They usually leave in the first 45 minutes of the paper.
“Pass to hou jaingey…chalo canteen se kuch khatay hain.”
- Eik minute aur Miss! These students write and write….till the very last minute and then some more.
“Beta, you had 3 whole hours…why on earth are you writing a saga at the last minute?”
- Making a mess of the question paper. These kind of students will highlight, underline, circle or even draw an emoji on the question paper.
There is more writing on their question paper than on their answer sheet. They remind me of a verse by Amjad Islam Amjad,
Mujh ko daikhtey hain tu, yoon jawab copy par
Hashiyay lagatey hain, dairay banatay hain
Jaisay inko parchay kay sab jawab aatey hain…….