Tuesday, June 09, 2009

That time of year

It’s a bit more than two weeks until the end of our term which means that here at The Towers we’re in full flurry of the end of year exams. (We’re back to school for the start of autumn term on Aug 19, so don’t feel too jealous!)

At first, our encouragement to ‘get started on some revision’ was met with mystified expressions and shrugs of the shoulders; mutterings were made to the tune of ‘no-one’s told me to start yet.’ We were forced to raise the notion of initiative.

Now, revision has been negotiated on, timetables drawn up and although it’s taken several weeks to establish, there is at last some semblance of discipline to the evenings.

Both children – on separate occasions - have appeared in front of me wearing wild, panicked expressions, and stuttering that an exam ‘no-one had told them about’ had appeared in their immediate future. Sometimes, they weren’t even quite certain which paper they didn’t know about. Even that hasn’t been a bad thing. I think learning how to cope with a dreaded question or hideous paper or, exam out of nowhere when you’re panicked, is an important lesson.

It’s not only about what they’re learning; I’ve learned over the years to have extra protractors, set squares, a spare compass, erasers, rulers… hidden away in a drawer for emergencies and we always get them.

8 comments:

SueG said...

Oh yes...on all counts. Oh yes....

Carol and Chris said...

I am sending loads of good luck vibes over the interweb to both son and daughter. Both of them will do great!!

C x

Lane said...

As Sue said ... oh yes:-)

JJ Beattie said...

Sue, LOL.

Carol, thanks hon. Fingers crossed.

Lane, you too, huh?

Debs said...

Best of luck with all the exam bits and pieces.

My son is supposed to be studying for his A2s, but despite me whittering on, he doesn't seem to be doing very much at all.

DJ Kirkby said...

Oh dear....I LOL and LOL and LOL...couldn't help it...you've described N1 & N2 sons perfectly. Esp this bit ' forced to raise the notion of initiative' and 'Sometimes, they weren’t even quite certain which paper they didn’t know about'.

KatW said...

This post made me giggle. LOL. Hope the exams go okay. You seem a very patient Mum.
Kat :-)

HelenMHunt said...

You are such an organised mother!