Are you the first to finish, but not necessarily the one turning in the most accurate work?Are you the first to finish, but not necessarily the one turning in the most accurate work?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I was labeled the "perfectionist".  I wanted my papers and tests to be perfect.  I started early and finished early, but took all the time given to be sure that all the i's were dotted and the t's were crossed.  The competition for me wasn't who finished first, but who finished with the most correct scores.  Of course, my scores weren't always better than my classmates'--our entire high school graduating class was very smart (the first 40 places had 3.5 or higher)--but I did take my time. 

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I did not really care whether or not I was the first to turn papers in. I turned them in when I was ready, sometimes first and sometimes last.

I have had students who always like to turn their assignments in first. Certain students are capable of turning in excellent work while others just do not want to do the work so they finish as fast as possible.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The story of "The Tortoise and the Hare" was always one of my favorites.  Whenever the faculty turned in grades for a period, I received the last one award 90% of the time.  But, when they joked, the secretary defended me by saying she never had to return my grade sheet for correcting of errors. As a youth taking standardized tests, the only ones I ever finished were the reading exams.

In defense of thoroughness, employers nowadays are even more impressed with it as so many people are no longer conscientious.  People who are this way are being promoted often rather than the flashy "hares." 

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think there is scientific evidence to prove that if you are doing an assignment it is what is needed to get an A that takes the most time - you can get a B without too much sweat, but to make it perfect and get the top grades is what takes the time. For me, as a perfectionist, I like to put in that extra effort, but often time is lacking!

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Well, in third grade my teacher told my mother that I seemed to care more about being the first one finished than I was about getting it right.  More than forty years later I may still have those tendencies, but now I know which of the two is mostimportant and strive for accuracy in the things I do.  Thanks for asking.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I tend to be more concerned with accuracy than time. I am preparing to take the LSAT test right now. When I take practice tests, I want to take an hour to complete a section that is 35 minutes long. I think this comes from being an educator and focusing on accuracy because that is our job, ensuring students get answers correct.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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No, I was the one the rest of the class was always wishing was done with the test so they could talk.  I tended to use all of the time that was given to me.  But I certainly do know students who are like this, and it reflects on study habits, but also on learning styles.  Some kids are not able to focus on one task for more than 15 or 20 minutes, and others simply think and process at a higher rate than some.  Many of these students do very well on multiple choice tests where the answers are rapid fire, and less well on essays they have to construct.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I was definitely like this in high school and to some extent in college.  My study skills were really not that great. However, I think that the more that I started to get to do work that interested me, the less I was like this.

When I had work that was not really all that interesting to me, I went through it very quickly.  All I really wanted to do was to get it done.  This led to it not being done very accurately a lot of the time.

But then I got to start doing stuff I cared more about.  I got to start doing things that I thought were actually important.  Since then, I have been much less hurried and much more likely to do good work.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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In school I could turn in a test with about a B+ average in about 30 min for a two hour exam. For some reason I was always like that. Now, not so much, but with 9 classes a day, I try to be as thorough as possible. And to give a few extra dollars to students to buy them free breakfasts and lunches at school, I am on 4 other services answering questions and posting discussion answers. I think I answer about 300 questions a day.

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