fl0w wrote:I'm not one of these people, so I'm genuinely asking... There is such a thing as being "better at organizing on the fly?" I would think that if you were "good at organizing on the fly" more time to organize wouldn't hurt you. I get that in competition it may help others which in aggregate hurts you, but you didn't mean that more time actually makes someone's answer worse did you?
Like not being allowed to rush makes this type of person's answer worse in a vacuum? I'm asking just in general w/o comparison to the class.
I mean i don't think having more time to organize will hurt me. But it won't help me as much as it would my classmates. Like i typed 17k words in torts and 12k in contracts. CALI'd one and high A on the other. I had a word limit on Mandelker and i got screwed. My strength is burying my classmates in analysis, i can't do that when there's a word limit because i need to ration those words into spotting the issues.
So the mandatory outlining period isn't too much of a problem. But the word count is what i'm annoyed with. Because i don't word dump. It's not like i'm just throwing words at the page hoping that they stick. If i can spot issues and analyze them quicker then my classmates in the same amount of time, I'm gonna have more words. But if there's a word limit then i'm not going to get all the points I could have gotten if there wasn't one.
I suspect that my professors want to even the playing field. Which is noble, but at the end of the day they know that it's going to be curved. So i don't really understand what the point is. The constraints are going to force all the exam answers to cluster together, which means they'll have to draw more hair-line distinctions when awarding grades. Whereas if there are no constraints, then there's a wider range of answers, which in my mind makes the grade distribution more legitimate since the difference between an A and a B+ is much clearer.