Getting together with my mentee during the school holidays can be challenging. Without having that regular structure during the rest of the week, it can be difficult to find a focus point during our meetings. I usually let her lead the discussion, and I just try to keep up with what’s happening in her life, bearing in mind that most of the time, there’s plenty to keep up with. But this week, I wanted to centre our chat around her upcoming exams.
At first, it was tough to get any answers out of her. She’s a committed student and takes ownership of her studies, and I believe like most teenagers, becomes a bit self‑conscious when having to speak about test results if they weren’t what she wanted them to be. However, with a little prodding, I was able to get her to tell me what her marks were from the last term, why she feels she got those scores, how she can improve and what scores she wants to get on her upcoming exams. Even though I’m aware of her last term’s scores, I think it’s important for her to acknowledge them again, out loud, with someone witnessing.
After she told me what she’s hoping for, I wanted her to visualise it. We wrote down each subject, her previous score and the realistic score she wants get in a couple of weeks. I had a brief moment of complete dread when I wondered, how am I supposed to help her get these scores? So I asked her, “How can I help you with this?” Without a second’s hesitation, she told me to give her deadlines. Right, okay. Of course, I can do that. So we went through all of her subjects and checked half of them off as ones she’d study through the week and be ready for me to test her on at the library next week.
Once again, I find myself shaking my head at how simple yet important this work is. It’s not rocket science. But this week will be a great way to test how well she studies and knows her subjects. Plus, it means she’s preparing for her exams with plenty of time to figure out the parts she’s struggling with before they start. The best part? It’s one of her attainable objectives set towards achieving her vision in the Education & Learning domain of the Individual Transition Plan.
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