Two more exams down, four more to go. It’s crazy having seven exams in four days, but at least they’re only midterms. Today I wrote Parenting and World Religions, two exams which I thought would be harder than they actually were. I’m more worried, however, about tomorrow’s exams, Biology and Law. Those are going to be crazy. I think I basically know the Biology stuff, but I can’t seem to keep any Law information in my head. I mean, when I write tests, I seem to know the stuff, but I can’t remember anything that I’ve learned. It’s like it’s there and it spills out onto the page, but I didn’t know it was in there.
Anyways, I’d almost like to say that I’m stressed out about exams, because that seems to me like it’s what I should be doing, but I strangely am not worried at all. It feels like I should be just because they’re important exams, it being my last year and all, but I’m really not stressed at all. Right now I’m just looking forward to getting out of work finally, and then spending some time at retreat relaxing and getting closer to God.
Just two more days of intense writing and hand cramps to go, and then my seventh semester of high school is over. I honestly have blisters on my thumb and my first finger because of my pen. And I shouldn’t fail to mention that since I’m left-handed, I have pen smudges all…Continue Reading
Today’s been a strange day. It was the first day of exams, so we only had one exam today – English, in the afternoon. I planned to sleep in for a while, but I couldn’t, so I just got up at about 8:30 or so. Instead of studying like any good boy should do before an exam, I decided I’d rather learn the bass part for a couple songs. So I went downstairs and learned Time Will Change Your Heart by Blindside (good song) and Generation Lost by Rise Against (another good song). It was pretty cool.
Anyways, before my dad came home to pick me up to go to school, I ate some chocolate chip waffles. It was the only thing I could find to eat other than the plate of food in the fridge that I’m supposed to have for supper – in a few minutes actually. My mom is cool like that. She usually puts some food on a plate and puts it in the fridge for me if I have to work.
But yeah. I was kind of distracted last night and today. My friend was telling me about her friend that’s going through some hard times, so she was pretty worried about that. I promised to pray for her, and pray I did. I kept reminding myself to stop and pray about it, so I’d do that. So going into the exam, I had to force myself to keep focused so I would get it…Continue Reading
There’s nothing quite like the first day of Christmas holidays. I suppose it technically hasn’t even started yet, since it’s the weekend, but I don’t care. The only thing that would be comparable would be the day of the last exam in June, as soon as you hand it in to the teacher. That moment is just thrilling. But Christmas holidays give us school-goers a badly needed break before the onslaught of exams in January.
I mean, don’t get me wrong; I’ve never had any problem with exams. They’re just tests on steroids, that with a bit of creative thinking can be easily conquered. The key is not knowing the stuff; the real key to doing well on exams is finding out what the teacher gives marks for. Some teachers are strict on only marking actual knowledge – those are the hardest exams. Others give marks if you “seem to know what you’re talking about” – those exams are a piece of cake. Even if you only remember one thing about the entire subject, these types of teachers love it if you try and make logical conclusions from that one fact. I’ve winged (wung?) entire essays from knowing only one piece of information. I just take that and follow through with what that implies about the rest of the course. It’s great. Free, easy marks.
But anyways, that’s enough about exams. Christmas holidays are the last refuge before having to think about them. A teacher’s favourite phrase in January is…Continue Reading