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From: ANONYMOUS
Date: Thu 21st Oct 2021, 8:02pm
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Hello Chris,

why sample answers to past exam papers will not be provided?

Thanks

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From: Amitava D.
Date: Fri 22nd Oct 2021, 8:16am
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ANONYMOUS wrote:

> Hello Chris,
> 
> why sample answers to past exam papers will not be provided?
> 
> Thanks

Both Chris and I do not provide sample answers. It is far more
beneficial for you to write the answers and get our (and other students')
comments. And there is no harm if you post your answer here. Though I
can also give my comments if you send me.

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From: Christopher M.
Date: Fri 22nd Oct 2021, 9:58am
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My motivations for not releasing sample exam solutions are:

(many years ago, when I did release some solutions) students became 'obsessed' with those solutions, 
to the point of rote learning those answers, in the hope that those questions would be repeated on 
future exam papers.

This resulted in students claiming to have been 'robbed' when questions weren't repeated, unable to 
comprehend what new exam questions were asking (the 'chess' question of 2019 was a good example of 
this) or, when seeing just a few keywords in similar questions, then answering the wrong question.

The overall result, that I have frequently seen, is students performing poorly in exams because they 
have not studied broadly, or from multiple information sources.

If you read the Preface from a few CS textbooks, you can sometimes see similar discussions from the 
authors as to why they don't release all, or only a few, answers to their end-of-chapter exercises.

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Date: Sat 23rd Oct 2021, 8:03am
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No worries, thanks

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From: ANONYMOUS  O.P.
Date: Sat 23rd Oct 2021, 8:03am
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"Christopher McDonald" <ch*i*.*c*o*a*[email protected]*a*e*u*a*> wrote:

> My motivations for not releasing sample exam solutions are:
> 
> (many years ago, when I did release some solutions) students became 'obsessed' with those solutions, 
> to the point of rote learning those answers, in the hope that those questions would be repeated on 
> future exam papers.
> 
> This resulted in students claiming to have been 'robbed' when questions weren't repeated, unable to 
> comprehend what new exam questions were asking (the 'chess' question of 2019 was a good example of 
> this) or, when seeing just a few keywords in similar questions, then answering the wrong question.
> 
> The overall result, that I have frequently seen, is students performing poorly in exams because they 
> have not studied broadly, or from multiple information sources.
> 
> If you read the Preface from a few CS textbooks, you can sometimes see similar discussions from the 
> authors as to why they don't release all, or only a few, answers to their end-of-chapter exercises.

Yeah, that's understandable...thanks.
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