Why students fail exams

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Television is both a blessing and a curse. Nevertheless the latter through its constant showing of commercials cause students to fail.

Constant commercials

TV- The Cause for Short Memory Spans on Students

The constant showing of commercial can be blamed for the increasing short span concentration on both adults and children.
With so many new inventions in the last 100 years, television would have to be the best. At the press of a button immediate entertainment satisfies every member of the family, from the latest block buster movie to educational shows for the children. Let’s not forget the sport channels! Imagine Football on the enormous Plasma screen without having to pay the exuberant price of a ticket: this with the added bonus of being comfortable. What about fashion and beauty? Through these magical screens, women of all ages know what will make them look out of this world. Let’s not leave out the cooking shows. These fantastic live programs teach the viewer how to prepare an endless variety of meals.

The evils of Commercials

Nevertheless, when complaints by experts are passed on to the television stations over the continues breaks interrupting the flow of the program,. But then, how can TV stations cut back on the biggest money spinners? After all, we all know that the big money is made out of commercials: the viewer is only the commodity who is mesmerized in buying the products. Even Pay TV is introducing more commercial breaks, (when it was first started, it promised to be commercial free)
As a teacher, I observe the phenomenon of short concentration amongst my students every day. The only way that I am able to maintain their attention is by keeping the instructions as short as possible. An example of this is that when discussion becomes lengthy, the majority immediately loses focus and the lesson is ruined. More evident is the inability to concentrate on a two page text. With this task students begin to lose concentration after the first paragraph even if they are reading an article discussing the antics of a movie star. This problem goes even further. How many times have we accused young people for not being able to write comprehensively in exams? The answer is simple. This all stems from the fact that they are constantly bombarded with short pieces of information which have no meaningful and no in-depth meaning which is vital in essay writing. Furthermore, when they are required to sit for over an hour and concentrate on their tasks during exams, majority of students encounter great difficulties, such as being unable to last the examination time.
I firmly believe the problem to our short concentration span and in the classroom, is not the amount of time spent watching TV, but the constant advertisement breaks. The continues interruptions are the main factor towards the human brain failing to concentrate for more than a few minutes at a time.

In Conclusion

I firmly believe the problem to our short concentration span and in the classroom, is not the amount of time spent watching TV, but the constant advertisement breaks. The continues interruptions are the main factor towards the human brain failing to concentrate for more than a few minutes at a time.
To this the advise that can be given is to encourage the watching of films from DVD's and the reading of books

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author avatar Tinka
I am a secondary teacher of Italian and English and enjoy being in the classroom. As writing is one of my favourite hobbies, I like to write on different genres in a creative style.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Dec 2014 (#)

Self-discipline is the way and should be taught from a young age. Technology will make the situation worse in terms of attention span - siva

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