A genital reminder for ‘exam howlers’

With the finals done and dusted for another year, Times Higher Education is making a final call for entries to its “exam howlers” competition, in which lecturers share their favourite examples of students’ mistakes and misunderstandings.

June 29, 2012

Last year’s winning entry, submitted by Ann Wood of the department of biochemistry at King’s College London, involved a food science and technology student who advised a “genital mixing action”.

The student who simplified a subject by writing about it “in Lehman’s terms”, terminology that initially baffled Iain Woodhouse, senior lecturer in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, came a close second.

Although THE has already received some strong entries for this year’s competition, academics are being given more time to submit howlers, with the deadline extended to 5pm on 6 July.

The scholar who submits the winning entry this year will receive a magnum of champagne.

Please send your entries to john.elmes@tsleducation.com

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