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Not The Greatest Student

I freely admit I was not the best student when at school but I didn't really worry about tests and exams. If I knew it, fine. If I didn't, well I knew I would not get a great mark.


My eldest grandaughter does not particularly like studying but she does it because she does not like to do badly in school - it worries her. Currently she is studying the first year of her A levels. She passed her O levels in the summer this year, when she turned 16 years old. A levels are the exams she will take at 18 years old prior going to university, if she chooses to go. Her favourite subject is Art but she has to take 2 other subjects as well and she chose geography and science. The geography is OK but the science includes both biology and chemistry. She is OK on Biology but has found chemistry difficult but she did not let us know! Her dad can help her with chemistry, as can I, though it was a long time ago.

Exams / Tests

Her chemistry exam was planned for this week, after she and her classmates had completed a week of work experience last week. She texted me on Monday when she was at school to say she wanted to take Tuesday off, to miss the exam. I am not really up for that kind of behaviour but when she came home in the evening, she explained that going into the chemistry exam would be like going into a Japanese exam, she didn't know any of it. Well I could understand that, I don't know any Japanese either.

After talking, she explained that she learns best from textbooks but the teacher taught from Powerpoint slides and would not allow them to take the textbooks home. I told her it was a pity she hadn't said earlier because we would have got her the textbook and helped with the study. In exchange for allowing the day off, she had to promise to work over the Christmas holiday (that went down like a lead balloon) but she understood she would not be able to catch up just using study periods in school.

I phoned the school this morning to say she was off sick.


So where does Karma come in? Her friend phoned her to say the exam had been postponed to next week (probably because the students had been out of school on work experience). Not only that, she does now, actually feel ill!

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markgraham wrote on December 14, 2022, 10:22 PM

Isn't that just odd luck for her. I hope she passed the exam.

MegL wrote on December 15, 2022, 2:40 PM

markgraham , It turned out her friend was joking. The exam was held on the day it was supposed to be and she was not there for it. We are getting her the textbook and she WILL be working over the Christmas holidays.

Last Edited: December 15, 2022, 2:41 PM

VinceSummers wrote on December 17, 2022, 11:50 AM

Chemistry -- if you can cook, you can learn chemistry. You just need a good teacher! But having a textbook is essential. Art, history, geography, etc. I'm decidedly at a loss. I'd rather take castor oil! Japanese -- I surrender!

MegL wrote on December 17, 2022, 3:18 PM

Yes, I agree, vincesummers , a textbook is essential.

Last Edited: December 17, 2022, 3:18 PM