Corona Diary: Day 03
The diary of a student who is no longer in school, following what this new virus means for us.
Today is the first day that the closures have really affected us: Monday- a school day. I woke up at 8 oclock and panicked when I saw the time, before I remembered that there wasn’t any school for the foreseeable future. Despite the negative impact of that, I couldn’t help but see the benefits as I stayed in bed for a little while longer.
Quite a few students across the country are still going into school, but most of us are staying at home and working, which has several problems attached. Many, many, many sheets, quizzes and powerpoints have all been shared and set online (mostly over Google Classroom) much to everyone’s dismay. I started on some of these tasks today.
I spent a few hours going over french past papers, biology quizzes and history flashcards, trying to complete some of the mountain of work the teachers had set for us. My sister finished quite a lot, but I couldn’t motivate myself to keep on studying after lunch. There didn’t seem to be much point. After all, if we’re not doing exams anymore, why should I need to revise for them?
I know that I need to keep my knowledge up just in case. I know that the exam board could ask for work done during quarantine as proof for our predicted grades. I know that the revision techniques I learn will be useful for A-levels too. However, it’s difficult to remember this when you’ve been told the exams that you’ve worked towards are cancelled.
Many students, especially in year 11, won’t be doing a lot of work. Can anyone blame us? It’s hard enough to put in the hours of revision even when you know it’s for an important exam, but putting in the hours when you don’t know why you’re doing it is infinitely harder.
I know that it’s not a holiday, and I’ll keep on going with the work that we’ve been set. I just don’t know how to keep the same determination when it appears that the work I do could be for nothing. What’s the point of revision if there’s nothing to revise for?
by Lily Tibbitts