To the majority of the student population, a stack of past papers is an essential need come exam week. However, due to the general unavailability of past papers, these become more of a source of stress than a beacon of hope.
Although it is possible to obtain past papers from the copying room in the Undergraduate Branch Library (N10) or websites like Agora, these sources are vastly limited. While papers for mandatory general courses are predominantly available, papers for certain major courses are difficult to come by. Even if available, outdated papers — from five to sometimes ten years old — are the only ones procurable. The current state of affairs has led to certain student clubs or groups of alumni from the same high school to maintain their own private collections of past papers. Some believe that the exclusivity of these collections can result in an academic disparity in which a privileged few perform above others in exams due to the social circles they belong to.
As an attempt to address the situation, Changho Jo, a third-year undergraduate student, has undertaken the task of reinstating the short-lived https://sol.kaist.ac.kr/ website. The now nonfunctional service was established around 2010 with the intention of serving as a space in which students could anonymously share course-related documents, such as past exams, quizzes, and assignments. Unfortunately, the site did not see much traction and was soon put out of service along with its database. Under the supervision of Professor Sukyoung Ryu of the School of Computing, Cho plans to restore the service by collecting and compiling a database of course materials. Since October 20, posts about his plans have been doing the rounds in Ara, Kadaejeon, and the group chatrooms of several majors. As detailed in the questionnaire attached to the posts, a backup of the database will be kept. Additionally, it was explained that copyright permission from professors will be requested and obtained before the service is deployed. Currently, 96 percent of professors have granted permission for their materials to be shared. Materials from courses taught by the remaining four percent will not be included in the service.
Finally, Cho requested students to dedicate a small amount of their time to send any course materials they hold or could retrieve from KLMS in his direction. As he stated, “Your investment of a couple of minutes could save everyone hours of effort in the future.” For more information on the service or on how to contribute, please see: https://goo.gl/forms/k0Le3jluLWelQRYh1.