Friday, 7 May 2010
His GCSE exams in a week or so have become the focal point for our entire household. Last weekend we spent the entire weekend ensuring that Son had a working torch. His Stepfather a Senior Design Electronics Engineer beavered away all weekend making sure that his chip was programmed, whilst Son sat in the school ITC lab doing the same.
I played taxi driver and chief worrier.
Finally Son came home on Sunday with a torch that works, or is close enough for government work! Hubby relaxed, secure in the knowledge that he too could pass GCSE Electronics, should he want to give it a go! I was just relieved that the household returned to an assemblance of normality.
As normal as it can be given the circumstances.
What with the studying, and swotting, and studiously avoiding revising!
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink - or devour textbooks! I've been applying moral support, sticks and carrots, and a little hard won knowledge on how to be an exam success. I've dished out helpful advice on diet, and getting enough sleep and how to be focussed.
Harder than training a horse, or a puppy I reckon! But he's a very smart kid and like smart kids around the world just takes for granted that he'll have the knowledge to hand when he needs it. He hasn't yet learnt that in the stressful environment of exams, that easy knowledge can play truant.
I'm toeing that fine line between being too pushy and not involved enough, I think. So, I was more than a little horrified to hear the following discussion between Son and his teacher, about exam technique!
'But you did well on the last test didn't you?' Teacher enquires whilst I look on.
'I haven't got the results back yet.. yeah... um' Son is an A student it should be ok.
'But that was a couple of weeks ago?'
Yeah, but Sir hasn't marked them yet. I did all the paper and everything, but..'
'But?' Teach and I ask together.
'I forgot to put my name on the paper, so it's in Sir's in-tray with the other un-named ones'.
Bam, so there goes success out the window!
Guess who's going to be going over and over exam technique for the next week, with my talented Son? Any other fellow Mum or Dad sufferers?
Vegemitevix writes about her adventures parenting two teens and a tweenie as an expat Kiwi Mum now living in her second marriage in a rural Hampshire hamlet.
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