Sarah Palin does it well, but Delhi students do it better. On Saturday, Palin, the former US vice-presidential candidate wrote crib notes on the palm of her hand to help her during a speech, immediately making headlines for a number of reasons.
As exam fever grips the city, we look at the modus operandi of school and college students, who have several tricks to ‘help’ them during exams.
Cell phones have replaced paper notes as the favoured scribble pad, as students save key words in mobiles to help them ‘remember’ stuff, much like Palin. Carrying two cell phones, in case one is confiscated, is a common practice.
An old tradition is hiding notes in toilet tanks near one’s class.
Of course, it may involve getting your hands dirty!
Scribbling on paper, rolling it up and putting it inside a pen that can be passed around casually is a popular trick, too.
Girls have an edge over boys in this one. Making notes on paper and hiding it in the hemlines of their skirts is a common trick.
When it comes to multiple-choice questions, tapping your foot depending on the option — once for option ‘A’, twice for ‘B’, etc — is also popular among students.