I spent the semester telling students that I want them to succeed, that everything is allowed at my exam (including collaboration between students, laptop connected to the Internet) and, yet, multiple mails in my inbox from students who don't even want to try…

I don't mind that they are not interested by my lectures. That's OK!

What makes me really angry is how those students could be in their last years at polytechnics while having absolutely zero strategic thinking skill.


With an exam like mine, the very least you can do is to try. At worst, you've spent two hours to better understand what the teacher wants so you have better chance to succeed next try.

At best, well… you succeed.

So, because they are afraid of not succeeding, those students manage to be sure to fail now and to have less chance to succeed for their (mandatory) second try in August.

Self fulfilling prophecy FTW.

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