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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 12:44 pm 
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I thought I would share this anyone whose DCren and their parents are absolutely fed up to the back teeth with VR practice. DS was really starting to flag and I'm having trouble keeping him on the ball. He was very reluctant to sit a full-length practice test today (as we had agreed, he's only doing one full paper a week - hardly unreasonable :? ), especially as he did not do so well on last week's paper. I hit on the idea of doing the paper with him, but with a 25 minute handicap so that I would start when he was half-way through his time and we would finish at the same time. That's the theory, anyway. This is what actually happened - I sat down almost five minutes late as I hadn't synchronized my watch with the clock he was using. Not long after I had started DS announced he was "done" so I gave him the usual nag about checking etc. etc. Then DD's friend's mum arrived to pick her up after a sleepover so I felt duty bound to chat on the doorstep for a couple of minutes. By this stage DS had finished his checking and could see that I was getting stressed out still trying to meet the original deadline. He then very generously offered to give me another 5 minutes to make it "fairer". The net result was, although we both technically "passed" scored high enough to qualify, he completely stormed it whereas his parent merely scraped through, making a complete dog's breakfast of the number sequence section near the end of the paper. :oops: And because of the time handicap I genuinely didn't "let" him win!

Result
- one slightly embarrassed parent/tutor whose reputation is shot to pieces :oops: :lol: BUT with a renewed understanding of the difficulties of working accurately under time pressure
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- one very happy and motivated boy who can't wait to repeat the exercise. :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:09 pm 
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Great post Marylou!


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:55 pm 
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Fantastic! As you know we only have to get as far as Wednesday now. My plan was to have DS do another practice paper tomorrow but I have got to the stage where I haven't the heart to do it to him. I think we will do a couple of the short Tutors papers instead.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 2:43 pm 
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scary mum wrote:
Fantastic! As you know we only have to get as far as Wednesday now. My plan was to have DS do another practice paper tomorrow but I have got to the stage where I haven't the heart to do it to him. I think we will do a couple of the short Tutors papers instead.


Why not throw down the gauntlet - you might be surprised at how he'll react! The frown of dismay at the prospect of yet another paper turned to eager smiles when I suggested this to DS. The slight humiliation on my part was well worth it. :wink: The trick is to set your time so that you really feel under pressure. 25 minutes was a tall order for me, I probably could have got a better result in 30.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 5:29 pm 
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Marylou wrote:
scary mum wrote:
Fantastic! As you know we only have to get as far as Wednesday now. My plan was to have DS do another practice paper tomorrow but I have got to the stage where I haven't the heart to do it to him. I think we will do a couple of the short Tutors papers instead.


Why not throw down the gauntlet - you might be surprised at how he'll react! The frown of dismay at the prospect of yet another paper turned to eager smiles when I suggested this to DS. The slight humiliation on my part was well worth it. :wink: The trick is to set your time so that you really feel under pressure. 25 minutes was a tall order for me, I probably could have got a better result in 30.
I used this method with DS1 when he was reluctant to sit and do a test - he loved the idea of beating me. I didn't give him a head start though - we just raced each other to answer each question individually.


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