A piece of paper which summarizes a lot of information and includes answers to common questions, all written very compactly so as to (generally) fit on one page. The name comes from a piece of paper that a child will sneak into a n examination with all the test answers on it, to cheat.
in my college physics classes, we were allowed one 8.5" x 11" peice of paper with as much info written on it as you could fit (and we fit a LOT). It was officially called a 'cheat sheet', even though you were NOT cheating to use it.
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Originally posted by Fred Rosenberger: in my college physics classes, we were allowed one 8.5" x 11" peice of paper with as much info written on it as you could fit (and we fit a LOT). It was officially called a 'cheat sheet', even though you were NOT cheating to use it.
I remembered a test given to us folks in our 5'th semester in engineering. The test was for EMF(Electro Magnetic Field Theory). we asked for an open book test and the professor gave us permission to get in any book we wanted and answer the test of 10 marks in 1 hour. Man.. did we suc at it ..... I remember even with numerous reference books I got somthing like 3-4/10....
So I guess that qualifies to be called a Cheat Book [ June 06, 2007: Message edited by: Devesh H Rao ]
We used to have lots of Open book exams and they were generally harder than regular ones. This is because the questions were often based on concepts and some data which could/need not be memorized. Needless to say, we used to dread these open book exams. And the worst part it is, even if there was a straight forward question, we had to rummage through the entire book before we found the answer. You could end up spending more time in all this. Some even used to go without these "support" books. Reminds me of my college days... [ June 06, 2007: Message edited by: Raghav Sam ]
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When revising for university exams I would go through my notes and condense them into several pages of bullet points. Then I would go through and condense them a bit more... and a bit more... and so on until I had the entire course on one sheet of paper. It would be very terse (often lists of acronyms and abbreviations), but the process of writing all those lists would help me memorise a lot of the stuff. By the morning of the exam, I could look at a small list of abbreviations and hopefully remember enough. The first thing I'd then do in the exam would be to write out a few of these lists on an unused answer sheet so I wouldn't need to try and remember them later on while under pressure.
Mostly it worked, but it is a very short term strategy. I can't remember half of the stuff I learned for my degree now. I guess that goes to show that the exams are as much a memory test as an understanding test, although you need both to pass them.
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