Examinations

March and April are months which signal end of school terms in many schools- sometimes these are extended well into June. Can you imagine such a long study period ?

My younger daughter is in the last throes of her school life. School exams and projects fill her day.

As her mother, the exam fever affects me too. I am in my second school life period now.

Daughter and I, we sit together poring over wave theories, relativity, ray optics, semi conductors- the whole works. We devour books and stories which we probably would never have read, had we the choice. We read Silas Marner and the Invisible Man ( H G Wells) this term. I am not sure if any of you has read the Invisible Man, but it is a difficult book to comprehend . For that matter, many of Wells’ stories are.

Next week we will be doing Math- when calculus and probability will rule the day and further down next week, we will be exploring the nuances of the IAPUC system in high school chemistry.

It would be good if mothers had all the answers- this has been a time, when I wished God had equipped us with all the answers. I have wished I could provide explanations, for questions which suddenly seem to have struck my daughter, a week before her exams. I have wanted to ask her why these questions did not strike her during the school year and why she stored them till the end. Where will I get her the answers from ?

I do my best- reading her wholly inadequate text books, net searching, digging into books borrowed from my university library.

Do I wish I had enrolled her with a private tutor to supplement her school lessons ? That I do not- she would simply not have had time to cope with her lessons and the time required for a tutor.

Going back to the grind now. Wish me luck !