We set 3n questions on this year's material then divide them fairly arbitrarily between the mock paper (given out in December, to help them revise), the main paper (which they sit this week) and the resit paper (for the half dozen or so who will have dead cars/dogs/grandmothers and will need to take the final at a different time), each of which has n questions.
Today's Minor Misery was a deluge of emails from students essentially saying, "We don't understand question A on the mock exam. We didn't cover this in class. What's the answer?"
My response was along the lines of "We covered it in class 14, go to the VLE and look up the powerpoint, class handout and reading for that class and review that topic; if you really can't work out the answer after that, email me with a more specific description of what you don't understand."
My colleague's response was "The answer to question A is X."
I don't like his response (how does knowing the specific answer to a question which by definition won't appear on the final help the student study?). He doesn't like my response (you contradicted the student, you are playing mind games with them and that's patronising - just answer the question they asked).
Q: Miserians, remembering that these are freshers, how do you approach these sorts of questions?