can i just answer with several question marks

anonymous asked:

Why does Evgenia seem to not get as much love as some of the older (retired I mean) top ladies, like Yuna or Mao, when they were on top?

Thanks for asking!

This is a tricky question to answer - mostly because I don’t understand it, either.

I think it’s a combination of factors. First, in skating, there can still be very much a “wait your turn” attitude. Evgenia didn’t do that; she barged onto the Senior scene from Juniors and promptly won everything because she was that damn good. So this led to several people being immediately “offside” with her because they felt the judges should have marked her down for still being just out of Juniors.

Then there’s the issue of world record scores, especially given that the previous ones were set by Yuna Kim, who has a…very passionate fanbase, to say the least. This fanbase were…none too pleased that someone might have broken her records, and the detractors were rather vocal that they did not believe Evgenia had earned that score yet.

Some people just don’t get into her skating - and that’s fine. Not everyone can love everyone. I don’t.

And then…and yes, I think I’ll say this, even though it’ll be controversial: her nationality. She’s Russian. I won’t pretend world politics doesn’t play into skating perceptions. This is not helped by the faction of the skating community that are still dirty on their perception of the event at Sochi and additionally, there was the freaking FS Averbukh gave her this year. (Jerkass. It didn’t need the voiceovers, you arrogant turd.)

It’s a shame so many people dislike her, or do not think she is a good skater, because I think she seems like a very nice person and she is an outstanding talent, a phenom of this generation. I hope she has a long and successful career.

Exam Tips

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks drowning in marking exams and similar themes kept popping up, which made me think that maybe it might be a good idea to make a post about it to share some tips and suggestions.

  • Please write legibly. It doesn’t need to be the most beautiful and neat penmanship in the world, but I’m not kidding, marking your exam is ten times harder if I can’t read your writing. It seems like a basic thing, but please do try and make sure that your writing is legible.
  • Answer the question that was asked, not the question you wished was asked. When I’m marking exams, I want to give people points. I don’t like giving low scores on questions. I want you to do amazing. But, I have to mark your answer based on the question and if you write a page and a half that never actually answers the question, you will not get a good mark on that section. Don’t try and spin the question around into something you can answer or have more information on. Answer the question that was asked.
  • Commit to an answer. Waffling around an answer doesn’t get you a lot of marks. I know committing to an answer can feel scary because you’re either going to be definitely wrong or definitely right, but you need to take the risk and commit to an answer. 
  • Read the question several times before answering it and make sure you answer the full question. There is a difference between “define” and “evaluate” and “explain” for example. Make sure you read the question and understand what it is asking of you. If you are asked to explain and evaluate a concept, don’t just define it and give an example. 
  • Look at how much each question is worth. If a question is worth 12 marks and you only write a paragraph with about four points of information in it, you won’t get full marks. 
  • Answer every question, especially when there is no penalty for wrong answers. Take a guess if you have to, you might get part marks and part marks are always better than zero. Never leave a question blank, ever. Even if you only get one out of five, for example, that’s still one extra mark going towards your total.