What do you do in class?

What do you usually do the day before an exam?


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For me this question would be better asked if written in the past "What did I do in class?" because it's about time I went through school...without too much embarrassment.
In my time learning was something done passively. The structure was "the teacher talks and the pupils listen". As you might suppose we were listening, raising occasionally a hand to speak and giving brief "correct" answers if called on.
I wasn't used to make an outline or to do a summary of the lesson explained. I studied, revised what was comprehensible to me. I passed my exams without having to resit a year. I'm relieved it's done!
Still the sound of a piece of chalk grating on the blackboard just makes my teeth grind.
Now I'm very keen on doing some tests to jog my memory.

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For me this question would be better asked if written in the past tense, "What did I do in class?", because it's about the time when I went through school...without too much embarrassment. In my time, learning was something done passively. The structure was "the teacher talked and the pupils listened". As you might suppose, we were listening, occasionally raising a hand to speak and giving brief "correct" answers if called on. I wasn't used to making an outline or to do a summary that explained the lesson . I studied and revised what was comprehensible to me. I passed my exams without having to resit a year. I'm relieved it's done! Still the sound of a piece of chalk grating on the blackboard just makes my teeth grind. Now I'm very keen on doing some tests to jog my memory.

 

A really excellent piece of writing, well done!

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Thank you.

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For me this question would be better asked if written in the past tense,"What did I do in class?" because it's about the time I went through school...without too much embarrassment.

In my time schooldays \ childhood learning was something done passively. The structure was "the teacher talks and the pupils listen".

As you might imagine we were listened, raising a hand occasionally a hand to speak and giving brief "correct" answers if called on.

I wasn't used to making an outline or to doing a summary of the lesson explained. I studied and revised what was comprehensible to me  \ the things I understood.

I passed my exams without having to resit a year. I'm relieved it's done \ over! However, the sound of a piece of chalk grating on a blackboard still makes my teeth grind. Now I'm very keen on doing some tests to jog my memory.

The structure was "the teacher talks and the pupils listen". As you have put this in quotes there's no need to change the tense as it is 'reported speech'.

Well done, nice work!

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Thank you, Pete.

I really appreciate your correction!

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For me this question would be better asked if written in the past "What did I do in class?" because it's about time I finished wih school...to put it mildly. In my time learning was something done passively. The structure was "the teacher talks and the pupils listen". As you might suppose we were listening,  occasionally raising a hand to speak and giving brief "correct" answers if called on. I wasn't used to making an outline or doing a summary of the lesson explained. I studied and revised what was comprehensible to me. I passed my exams without having to resit a year. I'm relieved it's done/over! The sound of a piece of chalk grating on the blackboard  still makes my teeth grind. Now I'm very keen on doing some tests to jog my memory.

Excellent work.  Most of my corrections  simply make the text read more naturally in English - for example, "still the sound of....." is old-fashioned and too poetic for the context.  There is a poem by Edith Sitwell called "Still Falls the Rain" (The Raids, 1940. Night and Dawn).  "Still falls the Rain -/Dark as the world of man, black as our loss-/Blind as the nineteen hundred and forty nails/Upon the Cross." (She may have been writing in 1940, but her capitalisation is very old-fashioned too.)

Excellent work.

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I don't know about the poem.

I agree with you I don't want to be old-fashioned or too  poetic.

Thank you for your comment.

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Agree with Davcoy and Kernow! 

I would only say ".. the sound of a piece of chalk grating on a blackboard sets my teeth on edge."

Excellent!

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Oh yes "sets my teeth on edge" suits me perfectly!

Thank you, Ellen.

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I agree with Kernow's corrections. I have nothing to add here. You are doing well.

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Thank you, Sjoerd.