School

I Think This Might be a Regular Thing

I wrote about what I did on Friday, and it didn’t go too badly, and, more importantly, it was fun. It essentially involved my writing about all aspects of the day, from the point of which I went into school, to the end of the day when I sat down to write the post.

As part of my plan on getting better at written work, I would like to do this sort of thing everyday. It might be a push, because of the other work that I have to do, but it should hopefully pay off in the long run.

It’s still not decided if I would actually write the at the end of each day, or wait until the end of the week and post all five days (Monday to Friday) in one long post.

There may be one of these appearing tomorrow, there may not.

28th March 2014

I’ve seen a lot of people writing about what they get up to in an ordinary day. Sometimes they are interesting, sometimes they are not. Either way, it’s a good idea. So, I wanted to have a go and see what happens.

I had school. I was expecting that I would have a pretty bad day, because I thought that I’d have to endure a Science lesson, which isn’t what I wanted on a Friday.

Anyway, before leaving, I made the decision not to take my Kindle, which I bring with me most days, as I doubted that I’d have much time to read. However, when I got in, the Study Room, the place in which I spend the majority of my time, was locked. Bollocks, I thought. The one day that I don’t pack the Kindle is the one day that the Study Room is shut.

The Regis School - The place where I sometimes learn things.

The Regis School – The place where I sometimes learn things.

Next to the Study Room is the Common Room, which doesn’t actually have a door, so it’s more of a Common Alcove. This is where I went to sit. Seeing as all of my work is digital, and that there are no computers in the Common Alcove Room, I didn’t have anything to do, aside from flicking through the notes I’ve taken in various lessons, which is what I did.

Ten years minutes had passed, and I had exhausted the notebook. But, at this point, and friend came up the stairs and into the Common Room. This is when I received some wonderful news. He informed me that we’d have triple ICT today, which meant that I didn’t have Science. Top.

The Study Room was unlocked by teacher after about another ten minutes, but by that point, there wasn’t really any point in logging on as we would have to leave soon. But I did anyway. This is when I remembered what I have been doing at home that morning. I was playing Pretend You’re Xyzzy, which is an online clone of Cards Against Humanity, which is how my friend and I spent the remainder of the time.

The first lesson was a double of ICT (not Science!) in which we would be spending time looking at another database exam in Microsoft Access. We started a new mock exam and began to work through it, with the teacher helping out along the way.

We got through the first Activity with no problem. All that was needed was a table of inputs, processes and outputs, and a few sentences about how various things would be achieved, like how a certain type of data would be found in the database. Kids’ stuff.

But, this is was when we hit a snag.

In the exam, we would need to split the data into different tables, in this particular example, the number of tables would be five. The recommended time for this Activity is thirty minutes, but none of us, teacher included, was able to work it out in an hour and a half. Needless to say, we left that lesson without completing it.

Tutor, which is basically where you go and ‘check-in’ so to speak with another teacher and possibly discuss anything that may be worrying you. But, more than likely, YouTube will be on within five minutes. Break, which comes after Tutor, was spent play Pretend You’re Eyzzy again, and then it was back to it.

Another hour of ICT would follow this. We continued with the same problem of splitting the tables and, long story short, we were still unable to do it correctly. I did find a way of doing it wrongly, but a way that worked nonetheless. But because you need to show how you split the tables, no marks would be given. Again, we left with this section incomplete, but with the teacher saying that he’d have a look at it over the weekend. I then spent the next hour or so playing Pretend You’re Eyzzy with a friend, before leaving.

I then went to Sainsbury’s to do a little bit of shopping. Which means that I spent a large amount of time looking at Blu-Rays. After that, I came back home, played a cheeky bit of Grand Theft Auto before becoming victim to a headache that had been threatening to pounce since this morning. Had some dinner (Ham, Egg and Chips) before reading some Insomnia by Stephen King.

With the headache now in full swing, I took a paracetamol and laid down for a bit. I then, as you do, became bored. But, the headache was now being kept at bay by the drugs, so I began to write this post.

That’s about it. I don’t know if this will be interesting or not, but I might write another if it is. I’m now going to read a bit more Insomnia, it really is rather good, before possibly watching a bit of Fawlty Towers.

Thanks for reading. Goodnight!

The Subject of Science

I’m a student. That much is evident from my header. I study ICT, Media and *groans* Science, which is the focus of this post.

Science is the subject that I took because I wanted to ‘fill a gap’ so to speak. I have no real interest in it, other than using it in ways that disprove religion. (which isn’t hard really, is it?)

Both ICT and Media have had deadlines that needed to be met, which meant that I’ve been avoiding doing work for Science, in favour of getting other stuff done for the Media and ICT. This has been the case for about two weeks.

During this time of being away from Science, I’ve realized that I truly do not care about it. That thought has always been in the back of my mind, but I’ve never really looked into it too much.

I understand that it was my fault for taking the subject in the first place. That, if I knew I didn’t like it, I shouldn’t have chosen it. But the fact of the matter is, I enjoyed it for the first year.

You see, for the first half of the course (two years) we had an incredible teacher. He was more than willing to look at your work, he was incredible helpful, and, arguably more importantly, he wasn’t pushy.

For you to understand this, I should explain how the course works.

Science at A-Level, or at least the course that I’m doing, is a BTEC. This means that all the work is coursework that needs to be submitted at the end of the two years, and that there is no formal examination to look forward to. This was one of the appeals to me when signing up. Before Sixth Form, I had taken another BTEC Science course in which me, and some other classmates, competed all of the two years worth of work in two weeks. Basically, so long as all of the work is completed by the end of the year, it doesn’t matter when we do it.

When the current Science course I’m taking came into the second year, there was a teacher change, with the first, and better, one moving to another school. We couldn’t not have a teacher, so another came and took the originals place.

When describing the first teacher, I said that he wasn’t pushy. This is where the two teachers differ wildly.

This new one wants the work completed when it suits her. That is not how a BTEC works.

Instead of marking the work when we complete it, which is much more effective, she tells us that, for example, she wants a whole unit in by the end of the week.

One of these self-set deadlines made an appearance when other work for Media and ICT was due in. So, with my main focusses being these two subjects, I didn’t do the work for Science. It was during this time that I came to my conclusion of: I don’t care about Science any more.

I should be doing the work, I know that. Right now, I could be working on a document about soil or something, but instead I’m here writing this.

The way I see it is:

  • I’m not going to need Science. I want to be a Web Designer. Why would I need to know about Cell Differentiation or Diffusion?
  • I have exams coming up for both subjects, plus more coursework for ICT.
  • So long as the Science work is completed by the end of the year, it’s all good.

This isn’t just my view either. Most of the people in my class share the exact same opinion. Even the people who joined this year, who didn’t have the original teacher to compare the new to, thinks she’s awful.

What is good though, someone in the class found a website called Nygma Science. It basically has completed work for everything that we’ve been doing. Just copy the work, change some of the words, and Bob’s your uncle.