Mocking at his “MOCK” exams!!

Vignesh, in Class VII is having his mock exams from today throughout this week. It seems that it is a preparatory test for the actual Final exams that begin on March 7th.  We are planning for our long pending vacation from this month end till March 5th, which means that he may not be able to actually “prepare” for his finals.  Although the Big Boss, Mr. V was apprehensive about this trip, the smaller V promised his dad about his dedication, devotion and such things and made his dad agree to the trip.  He also told us that he would prepare meticulously for his “mock”s so that it would be a cake walk for him during his actual finals!

Poor Mom and Dad, we are, we agreed to his deal and forgot about the same. There was a team trip on Saturday with my team and he happily agreed to be part of it along with his brother and few other kids too!! Had a great adventurous and tiring day till night and just dropped off to bed as soon as we came home…Yesterday too, he never opened his mouth about the mocks starting today.  Slowly, as the evening turned into night, he was trying to read his book along with watching some crap movie on TV, I questioned him on the starting date of the exams. He coolly replied, “Don’t you know that I open my book only when the exams dawns the next day?” I was totally bowled by his answer.

I am at a loss whether to change myself into a mom who keeps nagging her children about every other stuff that happens in the school or just leave him know what he ought to d0!!


என்ன கொடுமைடா இது!!

டைட்டில் பயங்கர  ‘கிக்’கா இருக்குல்ல!! இப்போ கொஞ்ச நேரம் முன்னாடி என் பசங்க ஸ்கூல் முடிந்து வீட்டிற்கு வந்ததும் நானும் வராத காரணத்தால் (உள்ளுக்குள்ள ஒரே குஷியாய் இருந்திருக்கும் போல!!) என் கைப்பேசியில் என்னை அழைத்தனர். சின்னவன் கார்த்திக் அவனது வழக்கமான பள்ளிப் புகார்களை வாசித்து முடித்த பின் நான் எப்போது வருவேன் என்று கேட்ட பிறகு தன் அருமை அண்ணனிடம் தொலைப்பேசியைக் கொடுத்தான். அண்ணன் தன் முறைக்கு தான் தன் வகுப்பில் கணிதத்தில் இரண்டாவது அதிக மதிப்பெண் என்றும் கூறினான்.  அதைக் கேட்டு கண்டிப்பாக நான் அவனைப் பாராட்டி இருக்க வேண்டும். அதிலும் நான் அவனோடு துளியும் உட்காரவில்லை அவன் பரிட்சைக்குத் தயார் செய்யும் போது.!! மேலும் என் தாய் தந்தையர் இருவருமே என்னையும் என் அண்ணனையும் ரொம்ப “டார்ச்சர்” செஞ்சதில்லை! என் தந்தை நாங்கள் கொண்டு வரும் விடைத்தாளை என்ன மதிப்பெண் பெற்றிருக்கிறோம் என்று கூட பார்க்காமல் கையொப்பமிடும் ரகம். அவருக்கு மகளாகப் பிறந்தும், நான் விக்னேஷிடம், “என்ன இருந்தாலும் ஒரு கணக்கு வாத்தியாருக்கு மகனாய்ப் பிறந்தும் நீ இப்படி முதல் மதிப்பெண் வாங்கத் தவறியிருக்கக் கூடாது” என்றேன். அவன் ஒரே போடாக, “அம்மா! நீ எழுதி முதல் மதிப்பெண் வாங்கவில்லை என்றால் அர்த்தம் இருக்கு! எனக்கு நான் வாங்கிய மார்க் போறும்” என்றதும் நான் ஆனேன் கப்சிப்.!!

Karthik and Division(Maths) – Not at all Made for each other!!

Today is Karthik’s Cycle test, and the subject is Maths.  It is one of his favourite subject and I always feel great,  as I don’t need to be behind him, telling “Padidaa, padidaa, etc etc.”  But, just during Oct. mid, his maths teacher has started on Division concepts, and now he has three digit dividends with single digit divisors.  It has always been a cakewalk for Karthik as far as Maths is concerned, but Division seems to be a NIGHTMARE!!

Being a Maths teacher, I was more concerned in making him understand the concept, and sat with him many times.  Vythi too, kept his cool, and taught him various variations, so that he get the idea well.  But, when I kept a mock test yesterday evening, I was flabbergasted.

I couldn’t control myself, and was shouting at him for every small mistake that he committed.  He started crying, thinking that looking at his tears, I might calm down a bit. But, the tears irritated me a lot, and was scolding him to the extent possible.  Once again, started teaching him the basics of division.

Right now, he would have completed his Maths Test paper, and would be relieved of Division and its aftereffects…Here I am, waiting till evening, to reach home, and have a look at the question paper. ..


“Why do we pay tax?” – a fitting reply by Karthik…

Yesterday, was another haunting Wednesday, as both Vignesh and Karthik had their cycle test on the tough subject Social Studies(History, Geography and Civics) and EVS(Science and Social Studies together) respectively.  The previous day evening, Vythi, myself and of course, the two kids, we all went for a test drive of Chevy Beat and Spark to a nearby Chevy showroom.  Although it got over around 6:30 p.m., Vythi was of the opinion that we should also go to the Maruti showroom to check on their suite of cars to suit my needs.  I strongly opposed that for the very fact that the kids had exams the next day.  But both of them were very confident that they were well prepared for their exams.  I wasn’t quite sure because, the previous night, Karthik was ready with almost 95% of his portions, whereas Vignesh was OK for around 80% of the lessons.  Of course, he was in Class VI, and had very lengthy lessons to read.  But none gave their ears to my words, and we spent another 1 to one and a half hours at ABT Guindy, and came back home at 8 p.m.  The kids had dinner, tried to revise for sometime, and went to sleep.

Yesterday evening, I was waiting anxiously for their school van to drop them at home.  To my disappointment, the van came very late and the kids got down.  The next moment, I asked them about how well they performed in their tests.  Vignesh replied that he might score above 35 out of 40.  Karthik in his usual style said, “Ma, the paper was ‘sappa easy‘, meaning way too easy for me.  I wrote everything correctly.  Only one question I am doubtful.”

I asked him which was the question that he found as tough, to which he replied “What is Tax?” .  I snubbed him, stating that we had studied it the previous night.  He replied, “Amma, I wrote that part.  There was a second part, which we haven’t studied at all.  The question was “Why do we need to pay tax?”  I too remembered that we hadn’t read anything about this in the entire lesson.  These type of thought-provoking questions are a trademark of The PSBB group of schools.

I was curious to know what Karthik had answered.  I first told him, “Hey, did you answer something to that question or did you leave that one?” He replied, “I thought for a long time and then, I wrote ” We need to pay tax to get loans later”.  The moment myself and Vythi heard that answer, we burst into laughter.

I am very proud of my son’s answer.  He is probably going to become a Financial Analyst in his future….

Science Test got over, but the scars still remain!!

Yesterday, was the First Cycle Test for both Vignesh, Class VI and Karthik, Class III.  Karthik had a cake walk, especially since he is a math wizard.  Also, the fact that the First Cycle Test portions are not very tough, since it is mostly the brushing up of concepts that was done in the previous year, i.e. Class II.

Their school, makes it a point, that the paper is more interactive, and the kids love to take up the exam.  All this made Karthik to complete his Math paper very easily…But, poor chap, Vignesh, for whom, almost all family members helped in his exam preparations, it was a not so easy paper.

Vignesh, in Class VI, has in Science, three sub-subjects viz. Physics, Chemistry and Biology.  There were totally three lessons for this cycle test, one from each of the sub-subjects.  It was Measurement and Motion in Physics, Matters in Chemistry and The world around us, in Biology.  The easiest was Biology, while the other two were equally tough.  In Physics, there were a lot of definitions for various motions like curvilinear, rectilinear, translatory, rotatary, periodic, oscillatory etc., Each definition was followed by various practical examples.  Chemistry was a mixture, like definitions for alloys, mixture etc., followed by terms like solute, solvent, decantation, desalination, filteration, winnowing and the list goes endless.

For the effort the kids had put, the paper could have been a bit easy.  It was not.  The paper was more of a practical type; There were few pictures, and the students were asked to guess what type of motion it was, a few questions that tested the analytical skills and a few other where, more in depth knowledge into the subject was compulsory to answer the same.

When Vignesh reached home, and I saw the paper, I could understand the stress the tired kid might have undergone and told him not to worry much about the results.  When his dad, Vythi, reached home, and I narrated the miserable status of the kids in Vignesh class, Vythi, initially didn’t believe.  He wanted to go through the paper, for which Vignesh immediately agreed and gave him the same.  Once, he finished a quick glance on the paper, his immediate reaction was “I really feel inferior.  I might fail in this paper, if I write now”.  My father-in-law is a pioneer in Chemistry, and hence he was called in for checking Vignesh’s answers in Chemistry.  To our delight, Vignesh had answered everything correct in Chemistry.  His Physics and Bio performance too were good, but his marksheet has to spell out his intelligence…at least for Vignesh to get a brand new Cycle for himself.

All the very best, Vignesh, New Cycle after Cycle Test!!!