Sathnam Sanghera [£] on the Oxbridge tutorial and the art of blagging:

Though, of course, the third and most serious problem with the Oxbridge tutorial system is that it does not nurture intelligence as much as teach people how to act intelligently. The reality is that most undergraduates arrive at tutorials at a time of day when they are usually asleep, invariably hung over and have not done enough reading or writing. And what three years at Oxford or Cambridge really teaches them, unless they are doing a proper degree in medicine or in the sciences or in engineering, is how to blag their way through an intellectual challenge.


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