How is it already May again!? I swear this year is just flashing by… anyone else feeling the same? May is always a busy month because of finals week coming up. If you think exams are stressful for students, it’s just as stressful for teachers (especially private tutors). We have that added pressure from the parents: “we paid you to improve our kids’ grades, so those grades better be good” kind of pressure (even if they don’t say it straight).
Of course I want all my students to do well, I just think it’d be nice for schools not to put the focus on good grades and put the focus on good learning instead. I feel like schools in Asia are much more stressful for students than schools in other parts of the world. I don’t remember being as worked up as my student in this comic when I was facing my high school finals in the UK, and I’m proud to say that I was always top of my class #letmebragalittle. Maybe Asian schools can learn a thing or two from their Western counterparts.
What do you think about the education system in your country? Did you over-stress and cower in fear at the thought of upcoming finals? Let me know in the comments below!