|Frequently Asked Questions|
How come your site doesn't look right in my browser?
No matter how many times I try, I can't
get welcome.to/ramaz to work on a school computer!
What are your e-mail addresses?
How come you don't have notes for Mr./Mrs./Dr. (whomever)?
How come you don't put up old tests/reports?
Who are you and why are you doing this?
The site was first started as a matter of convenience -- swapping outlines was a common practice in my day (I have no idea if this is still the truth), but these sort of things tend to lend themselves to a kind of spoke-and-wheel situation whereby one altruistic soul distributes his outline to many people, who go on to forward it and such. This distribtion system kinda naturally led itself to a web environment, where no longer does one have to worry about e-mail or Kinko's or anything, and a lot of the social issues that come with asking someone you may not have a close friend-type relationship with for help on an exam are alleviated. The motives then shifted to something of a desire to "beat the system," though it's hard to say to what extent that was realistic. Does the existence of a site like reviewmaterials make tests more fair? That depends. It likely won't affect those whose grades were good in the first place, and will surely help those who simply aren't organized enough to take the kind of systematic approach to studying necessary for most to succeed on the Ramaz history exams I took. But to the question of "does reviewmaterials make tests more fair," my response has to be yes. By providing a more democratic and systematic way of distributing outlines (something that, in all honesty, I don't find terribly ethically troubling), reviewmaterials does "level the playing field" quite a bit. I see no inherent reason why those who happen to be friends with someone conscientious enough to make and distribute a thorough outline should have an advantage to those who don't. So, yeah, tell your friends.
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