Thursday, April 10, 2008

I have a been in a state of agitation and stress for the past four weeks. Before Holy Week came, my son had informed me that he was failing in Math 17. Why? You were fine the first two months of the second semester. Well, things happen, he said. Yes. More like, I haven't been studying?

Before the finals, I was constantly breathing down his neck for him to study. His teacher said he needs to perfect the take-home exams ( which I swear, is highly impossible for mere mortals like us to do) and get at least 66% in his finals. My son did not reach the limits but got a 4 instead. A grade of 4 entitles a student for removal exams. A student has a year to take his removals.

Oh no! You will not dilly-dally with your removal exams. Ask your teacher when and where is the removals: April 9, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm. On April 4, I had my son tutored in Advance Algebra and Trigonometry. On April 8, I took him to UP to have his papers in order for the exams. On April 9 1:00 pm, we left the house and drove him to the Math building, bid him goodluck and prayed real hard for him to pass the exams.

I went home and left him at the school for he still has varsity practice after the exams. At 10:00 pm, he was home. I asked him how his exams went. Fine. Whatever does fine means? At 11:30 pm my son came into my bedroom grinning broadly and jumping happily. What? Mom! I passed Math 17!

Great! I slept, peacefully.
Posted by desperateblogger On 4/10/2008 04:49:00 PM 3 comments


  1. Hay Math Agony...

    I'm glad I'm over that phase already. Up until this day, I cannot understand why I had to go through all those Math subjects in college. I never use them. I would have been fine if I only took Algebra..but Calculus - all 4 of them??

    Giving me the chills just thinking about those subjects...

  2. juliana, you're not over yet. you're just starting again. you have your daughter to tutor.

    ako nga i had all the maths including mechanics and strength of materials pero i've forgotten algeb, trig and calculus na, so i was useless to help my son.


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