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Groovee Sat 24-Dec-16 20:08:31

🎄🎄 Merry Christmas 🎄🎄 hope you all have a great day. At least dd will have one day off studying x

Rubyslippers7780 Sat 24-Dec-16 20:16:38

Merry Christmas fsmile

morningtoncrescent62 Sun 25-Dec-16 09:25:44

Merry Christmas, Scotland MNers! Wow, sounds like you have a very studious dd, Groovee - hope she enjoys the break.

Groovee Sun 25-Dec-16 15:41:09

@Morning dd has her prelims the day she goes back to school. So not a peaceful 19 days off for her x

WankersHacksandThieves Sun 25-Dec-16 20:15:16

Same in our house x 2 groovee - not good for the kids, DS2 is stressing. We are trying to get a balance between encouraging him to study and try hard and telling him that these exams aren't that important...confused

WankersHacksandThieves Sun 25-Dec-16 20:15:55

Merry Christmas to you all too - it already seems so long ago! grin

Groovee Tue 27-Dec-16 21:56:58

Dd had Christmas Day off. Did an essay yesterday and has gone out for biology revision tonight.

prettybird Wed 28-Dec-16 00:34:40

Ds finished his Prelims on the Tuesday before Christmas (Physics and Geography both on the same day shock), so he's been enjoying chilling over the holidays he also only told me on the Thursday that study leave had finished the day before and he hadn't gone in hmm

He's already got his Chemistry result: 71%, which he was pleased at as the Prelim didn't include the more maths based module which he will be strongest in (the perils of doing Prelims early - they haven't covered all the modules)

English was "meh" - I've been warned that he'll do better in the exam than in the actual Higher - and he found Maths tough but that's only because he sets a high bar for himself for the subject.

WankersHacksandThieves Wed 28-Dec-16 10:05:48

I'm trying to get them to do an hour a day but Christmas gifts are proving a distraction. DS1 seems to be cruising through his Highers, they all play to his strengths and interests. DS2 is struggling even in his subjects that he is interested in/have been his strengths in the past. I really don't know what to do with him. He has lost confidence and is comparing himself with his brother. He is equally bright just in different subjects.

prettybird Wed 28-Dec-16 10:52:55

It's difficult for those that have Prelims after Christmas sad

The Prelims-before-Christmas was successfully piloted last year at ds' school: popular with both teachers and pupils, hence now being a permanent part of the school calendar.

Ds seems to have spent all Christmas upstairs on his computer gaming not helped by the fact that we got him a mini fridge for his room for a Christmas present hmm. Although he did emerge to go and do some kicking practice at the rugby club (using the four different types of kicking tee he was given) and tomorrow I've to take him to one of the local Sports Centres so that he can join the Glasgow Club and start going to the gym in an attempt to bulk up a bit.

WankersHacksandThieves Wed 28-Dec-16 11:04:49

DS1 had his prelims for his Nat5s in December last year. No idea what the thinking about moving them was. Mine both got a mini fridge smile DS1 got his third screen for his PC and some more RAM and some new fans. DS2 got a new graphics card for his PC and games. It's been a struggle to get them outdoors and the weather hasn't helped.

prettybird Wed 28-Dec-16 11:20:47

Perhaps not the healthiest present (he did get and uses straws in his Christmas stocking to minimise gum damage wink)
To be fair, he says he also wanted it to stock the yoghurts that he eats loads of I also put more IKEA teaspoons in his stocking grin

WankersHacksandThieves Wed 28-Dec-16 11:26:02

After multiple errors and complaints (which are not finished yet) the boys didn't get the ones they were supposed to. Those ones held about 18 cans. So it was a last minute replacement exercise and the new ones only hold 8 so very much a mini fridge smile that one looks good but they'd have no room in their rooms for something that sized.

prettybird Wed 28-Dec-16 12:43:51

Not sure ds realises how fortunate he is with the size of his bedroom (the dormer room in the Victorian attic floor) grin ....so the fridge, his work desk, 3 monitors and his bookshelves can fit into the sticky out former bit.

user1477282676 Wed 28-Dec-16 12:45:23

That mini fridge is ace! I might get DD one for her birthday!

WankersHacksandThieves Wed 28-Dec-16 13:18:17

DS1s room is only about 10 foot by 9.5 foot but he still has a double bed, 4 bookcases, a chest of drawers, a large desk that takes his now three 27in curved screens...plus a laptop which he currently has on a pull out pedestal of drawers, his chair, his PC, a 32 inch Tv, and all the associated crap a teenager gathers, now has a mini fridge and a crate of pepsi max and a new bin (I live in hope). He has 4 large underbed stores filled with lego plus a safe, architects drawing board and portfolio etc stashed under his bed and don't even get me started on his wardrobe! When it's all tidy, there is remarkably still room to walk about.

What he actually wants for Christmas is a bigger bedroom grin

DS2s room is much the same size but a different shape. Luckily he is happy to keep his books downstairs and is happy with one PC screen but he also has to fit his guitar and stand and amp etc in it too - plus a PS4 and Xbox one. He's not even taken his fridge upstairs from under the tree - it'll need a bit of a reshuffle I think.

We ended up just with these:

www.argos.co.uk/product/1087077

Groovee Wed 28-Dec-16 13:37:48

When I did my standard grades it was December for prelims. But a number of schools in our cluster do them in Jan/Feb. This year at least Dd doesn't have them on her birthday.

WankersHacksandThieves Wed 28-Dec-16 13:52:25

At least results day won't be on DS2s birthday this time. It wasn't too bad last year since it was only DS1 that had results. I suspect DS2 won't be as happy with his so at least he can have them and then have his birthday the next day.

My own prelims were so long ago I can't remember when they were grin

prettybird Wed 28-Dec-16 14:02:09

My prelims were in January/February (a looooong time ago blush) but that left very little time to address any issues for those that were having problems.

morningtoncrescent62 Thu 29-Dec-16 18:27:52

Well, my DDs' days of prelims and mini-fridges are a distant memory now!! Good luck to all the DC sitting exams after the break, and may their fridges never run short of Irn Bru grin

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