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Writing in Pen

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:13 pm
by gabbym
Is writing in pen on the tests required? I am asking because it adds to my stress because I feel like everything is a mess. I realize that we are allowed to write out our work on scratch paper first and then transfer it over, but we are already pressed for time as it is. Can I just write in pencil and miss out on an opportunity for a regrade?

Re: Writing in Pen

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:49 pm
by Brian Cook
I would say just practice by doing your homework in pen. Getting used to it now will help you in the long run I think. I use to only work in pencil, so I know how you feel, but I would say don't worry too much about making mistakes as you can always cross them out, and focus on solving the Chem problems. Hope this helps.

Re: Writing in Pen

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:19 pm
by yast_27
Hi,

I asked this question to my TA on friday before TEST1 and she said that it's fine to write with a pencil as long as you can clearly read the answer.
It might depend on the person who correct the paper so i think that you should ask this question before taking the test.

I hope this will help!:)

Re: Writing in Pen

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:32 pm
by ElliotPourdavoud 1A
As someone said before, I do most of my homework in pen and it does take some getting used to but it has allowed me to be comfortable using a pen on exams in my previous courses.

Re: Writing in Pen

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:50 pm
by davidbakalov_lec2_2L
I found some erasable pens on amazon so I'm just going to try using them on tests.

Re: Writing in Pen

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:56 pm
by Ariel Cheng 2I
If you really dislike writing in pen, I would just ask your TA whether he/she cares! My TA said she did not mind whether we use pen or not.

Re: Writing in Pen

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:29 pm
by Brandon Sanchez 3J
You should talk to your TA about it but if not then try practicing with a pen on some of your assignments. i hope this helps

Re: Writing in Pen

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:14 pm
by allisoncarr1i
For the in discussion tests it depends on the TA but for the exams I doubt he'd be strict on it as long as your writing is clear but you might want to ask someone who's taken the course before.

Re: Writing in Pen

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:31 pm
by Sheridan Slaterbeck 1J
My TA said that if you write in pencil on your test he has to write over everything you wrote in pen, so you can't change your answers later. But do whatever makes you feel less stressed and more focused. I use to hate writing in pen but forcing your self to use it more and more will help. Usually all college level math, science, and physics courses at least I have taken require you to use pen on tests. So it may be a good habit to practice.

Re: Writing in Pen

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:57 am
by Maria Solis Disc 1G
You should definitely ask your TA. My TA for instance told us she didn't mind if we wrote with pencil. But its all up to the TA I guess.

Re: Writing in Pen

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:27 pm
by Max Kwon 1J
Yeah ask your TA, but pens are used so you can't change your answer after it was graded

Re: Writing in Pen

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:52 am
by Tuong Nguyen 2I
My TA personally requested that we did the first test in pen but I guess it's up to the TA. However, on the syllabus, Dr. Lavelle states that "All tests and exams are closed book and must be written in pen." So get used to it by using pen on homework if you feel like it.

Re: Writing in Pen

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:09 am
by Sarah_Kang_2K
They sell erasable pens on Amazon. I'd also recommend bringing white-out just in case you need to correct something!

Re: Writing in Pen

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:20 pm
by Anna O 2C
I agree with the erasable pens. They come in 5 packs on amazon and most have pretty durable erasers. Just make sure the pens you get don't smear when you erase! The low quality pens will leave marks on your paper so test them out beforehand.