The Importance of reading a Question or Article in Full.

It has come around to that time of year again when exams are around the corner, libraries are full of students studying and WH smith has run out of revision cards and highlighters. So I thought now would be a good time to give some advice, and share some experience, that I hope will help you when it comes to your exams, or everyday life.

I, among others, am guilty of picking up papers, whether it be exam papers or national newspapers, and either, not reading it properly, or judging before reading it in full.  The other morning over breakfast I did exactly that. Whilst drinking my tea my email pings with the latest news article from The Brief, bringing up the headlines, well I nearly spat my tea out.

“Richard III acquitted and 500 year miscarriage of justice overturned”. Now don’t get me wrong, the history of England is a major part of our heritage, but when I see that the case was heard before the vice-president of the criminal justice system my blood started to boil, not reading the whole article I quickly scrolled back up to the headlines a few above: “Women faces man she accused of rape without lawyer”

This article surrounds the case of a family law judge, who had to step in and question the ex-husband with whom the ex-wife had accused of raping her.  Stomping around my kitchen my family had the full throttle of my anger. What kind of world do we live in when taxpayer’s money is spent on acquitting a man who lived over 500 years ago, but a woman has to face the man she has accused of abusing her, alone?

Getting to the computer I thought ‘right, I am going to write about this’! How can a system let down someone who is dependent on state benefits and cannot get legal aid in an abuse case? Maybe the justice system has gone to pot. On a mission, I pull the article back up in regards to Richard III. I started to read the article again and as I got further down the article I just started to laugh, I could not help it. I have always been accused of not reading things in full, and this was one of those times and I quickly realised my mistake.

The scene set before me in the article read “The trial of Richard III was all part of the Shakespeare schools foundation series, which while educating students about the law and bard, the senior barristers get to parade about on stage”[1]

My fellow readers, there is not much left to say on this topic, but, before stomping your feet around in a fit of rage, please read the whole question or article and in future when flicking through your papers remember this acronym “RTFQ” Read the (put your own stamp on the F) question!!

Written by: Victoria-Jayne Scholes

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