Thanks. I will try to find a middle ground somewhere. Also is there any marked advantage to taking the exams on a laptop as opposed to writing?
Personally, I'd think you'd have to be crazy to want to write your exams, but it really does depend on the person. If, somehow in this day and age, you're a *horrible* typist (really, really slow) and you're hand writing speed is faster, then maybe you'd want to write your exams. But here are things to consider:
1. These exams are long and, I remember, when I used to hand-write exams in college I would get cramps for an 1 1/2 hour tests.
2. Typing exams gives you the advantage to go back and reorganize your work and change things with ease.
One of my friends from first year wrote his exams and did extremely well (read: top 10%); but I did do better
Of course that's in jest, but, in the end, it'd seem that what you'd feel most comfortable with is the way to go. I think the biggest disadvantage to typing your exams is that you get into a certain mentality where you think that if you type the most, you'll get the most points. This leads to poor analysis and just making very trivial arguments that aren't going to impress teachers. When you write your exams, you have to think a lot more before you write b/c it isn't that easy to go back and change things.