In the deepest of all the deep jungles of exams, there I was. All the ontological and epistemological theories and perspectives in the world kept me company for the last couple of days (as if there was nothing more exiting in this world, than figuring out how the world really looks like, and how we get knowledge… Now, I know how I prefer to get knowledge: using empiric research. Aka. Living life rather than to read about it, but that’s not how to get an academic degree, is it?)
Anyway, I’m not sure how you work… but I know how I do. And when studying for an exam I have a tendency to focus on everything else (!), except my exam. And that was the case even this time I was supposed to study. Suddenly I had this awesome (?) idea that instead of putting dishes in the dishwasher, I should wash plates and glasses by hand (they do get “so” much cleaner when I do it by hand, right?) and when doing dishes, I needed to have something to listen to, so I simply tuned in the radio. And yes, I know… radio stations have approximately 10 songs in total that they play over and over and (shuffle) over again… Then, randomly, a song tuned in. And I could not hamper my excitement.
After not listening to the song for years and years. Not hearing it on radio nor in any shop in town (I already fear the christmas-carols being played over and over and (…) over again.. bad taste in my mouth just thinking about how they abuse all the christmas-songs nowadays. And me, being all Grinch (female version), I can’t wait to january gets here to get it all over with).
Back to the song that suddenly was played on the radio, it sure caught me off guard. To my very own surprised I still knew the lyrics (I am a person who listens to lyrics rather than to the acoustics). So, there I was. Doing dishes and singing, every single word just came to me as if I never listened to any other song in my life. (I am just going to mention that the song I refer to is really not one you listen to every day, it’s really, really old, and never became a huge hit. But I suppose that I should mention that the artist was my very favorite one when I was a young child. And this is where I am going to stop, because if you knew who that was, you’d be astonish, and I am not sure in what way!) And it struck me… how is it possible to remember lyrics (note: I do know more than one song by heart) But when it comes to things that you actually (!) need to know, i.e. studying for an exam, it just refuses to lodge in my head like lyrics seem to do without me even trying, at all, compare to the hours and days I have my nose in the books trying to get a grib over the data I try to knock into my head?
Can we choose what we want to remember? I mean, how come I remember so many lyrics but I cannot remember what my first course at uni was about – even if my life was depending on it! (Maybe I should try to make a living out of remembering lyrics… whatever that would be like. Hmm… Put this on a business card: Authorized lyric-rememberer. (I just made that up)) Darn you Google for depriving me my opportunity to make a living.
For sure, if I could babble useful information instead of lyrics I would probably make better on my exams, so maybe one should start to accompany when reading and studying? Would that really be just as fun? Most probably not, but maybe worth a try?
End note: I did write me exam, maybe I would have done better if I would hum a song to it, but all in all, I am high-five’ing myself and moving on with life. On to the next exam!