For the first time in a long time, the start of the new school year actually has importance for me, besides just meaning that hoards of foreign nannies and yuppie mummies will once again be crowding the sidewalk in front of our building. This rentrée marks the last semester of my masters (hallelujah!), and our director decided what better way to kick it off than with a six-subject exam.
Cuz everyone wants to spend the month of August studying, right??
Six subjects was just seeming too much for me, and reading my notes wasn't really getting my anywhere, so I decided to go the old school route and make some flashcards.
Our test was scheduled for Saturday, so every break we had on the Friday before was spent studying my little cards. What I wasn't expecting however was the reaction they would get from my classmates. Every single one exclaimed "What on Earth do you have there?". When I explained what it was, they would go on and on about what a fantastic idea it was, and ask if it was an "American" thing. Here it turns out that almost everyone else in the class had neatly rewritten their notes on these 5x7 note cards, and they were all studying off of that.
The news of the flashcard revolution quickly spread, with some people even copying my cards on to paper so that they could make their own that night. And I was the most popular person at lunch - everyone wanted to sit with me and see the flash cards in action, so they could make their own for our last exam in December. I found the whole thing hilarious because flashcards are such a simple concept. Who would have ever thought a little ol' stack of cards could have such a big effect?
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