|29日,记者探访了济南(Jinan, Shandong province)的一处考研辅导班 。上午11点多,济南的三伏天非常炎热,三千多人挤在皇亭体育馆,一起上考研辅导课。篮球场的中间悬挂一块巨大的幕布,当做超大号的黑板 ,以保证每个角落里的学生都能看到。
July 29th, reporters came to explore a tutorial class for MA exams. A little after 11am, as the three ten-days period of the hottest season in Jinan are scorching hot, over 3000 people were crowded in Jinan's Emperor Sport Stadium, together attending an MA-exam tutorial class. A huge screen was hanged in the middle of the basketball court, serving as a large size 'blackboard', ensuring that students in every corner can see.
The person in charge of this tutorial class told reporters that in this supersized tutorial class, there are more than 3000 people, an extraordinary large scale, which is very rarely seen throughout the country. 80% of the students are university students, this time accomplishing a 12 days mathematics tutorial class.
Outside the court, many (between 10 and 20) fast food stalls are located all over the stairs and entrance doors. At 12 o'clock, as the teacher declares the class is dismissed, the over-3000 students exit the doo and buy lunch. Last year, a woman sold take-away food to the students, selling hundreds of portions per day, gaining more than 10000 yuan throughout the summer vacation. Some students lie on the basketball court and sleep a while, avoiding becoming sleepy later in the afternoon class. Since the MA examinees students are numerous, the training institute appoints transportation to pick and send off the students in the mornings and evenings, dispatching at least 7-8 large buses a day.
One student said that the class has many (10-20) MA examinees that haven't returned home the entire summer holiday, and have remained in the university campus, attending the tutorial class. One student of Jinan University said that half of the class students wish to register to attend the MA exams. Since finding a job after graduation is so difficult, students wish to attend MA exams, or attend exam for governmental positions (guowuyuan).
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 考研 kǎo yán - Short for 考研究生, taking the master student entrance exams. In China, BA graduates who wish to continue to MA studies, normally must attend special MA exams, which, except for topic in their desired discipline, also involve some general knowledge, such as English, math, etc.
辅导班 fǔdǎo bān - Tutorial class
 三伏天 sān fú tiān - 'Three bending-over days', the most hot time of the year according to the Chinese lunar calendar (农历), usually referring to 30 days around July-August.
 体育馆 tǐyùguǎn - Gymnasium, sport indoor stadium
 篮球场 lánqiú chǎng - Basketball court
 黑板 hēibǎn - Blackboard
 超大型 chāo dàxíng - Super-size
 高校 gāo xiào - High education, universities and colleges
 数学 shùxué - Mathematics
 快餐 kuàicān - Fast-food, snacks; here referring to stands of simple Chinese dishes and take away
 暑假 shǔjià - Summer vacation
 培训机构 péixùn jīgòu - Training/tutoring institute/organization; the institute providing the tutorial class mentioned above. This term usually refers to private institutes which provide special tutorial classes
 大巴 dài bā - Big bus, coach
 考公务员 kǎo gōngwù yuán - Taking the exam for governmental positions. As mentioned, many BA and MA graduates in China wish to work within the governments, and hence attend large scale exams which take place several times per year.