[B]y being so long in the lowest form I gained an immense advantage over the cleverer boys. They all went on to learn Latin and Greek and splendid things like that. But I was taught English… As I remained in the Third Form three times as long as anyone else, I had three times as much of it. I learned it thoroughly. Thus I got into my bones the essential structure of the ordinary British sentence–which is a noble thing.
Final exams are important because they encourage students to review what they have learned.
So why do so many students say that they learn something for the final – and forget it the next day?
Review, the integration of prior learning into new information, is like sewing a stitch. With each new piece of information, you have to go back and tie it to the existing thread. If this doesn’t happen, you could get the thread caught on a hook (such as summer break), and the garment of learning would unravel.
Winston Churchill was a master of the English language not because he excelled quickly. In fact, he was placed in the remedial class, in which he reviewed the basics – for three years. In the words of the Bulldog: