It’s the end of April, and the students have sat the exam papers for the modules that I am involved with. We’re working through the statistics and the scores, learning what worked and what didn’t, and the marks from all the papers will be pulled together and presented to the students sometime in the near future.
Already I’ve started work on next year’s exam papers. In fact, I’d started before the students had even sat this year’s exams. The time and organisation required to write, develop and edit new questions with the people that give the lectures, and then to form them into exam papers of the right standard, and then edit, edit, edit and edit some more is taking longer and longer each year. I’m trying to avoid any Forth Bridge references because it feels worse than that. There’s something very permanent about an exam paper. It’s not something you can just paint over again when the last coat starts to crack.