Midterm Mark Reading: Tears or Joy?

There’s a lot going on in the Grenada today. cleaning up and battling Chikungunya and preparing in case of Ebola seem high on the priority list but for AHS students, the one thing on their minds is the assembly on Monday  morning October 20th. The results coming from that assembly will also decide how they spend their midterm break coming up later this week; whether it’s celebrating with friends at 5s1’s Ms. Tanteen Fashion Show, the beach or stuck at home with no TV or internet. On Monday therefore, the assembly hall will be packed with students anxious to hear how they performed during the first half of the term; this is the Mark Reading Assembly.

Due to the fact that we use continuous assessment, students are usually constantly studying and practicing in order to accumulate passing grades in all subjects. Mark Reading is the time when students are given the chance evaluate their performances for the first part of the term so that they can find their weak subjects and improve themselves with the help of teachers before they enter the exam hall at the end of the term.DSCN0620

“Mark reading is a time where you find your average scores, know what you need help in and find the resources to better yourself. Its a time that makes you realize if all the time you spend either fooling around or studying really benefited you.”
A form 4 student”
For some students Mark reading is an important stop on the road towards the end of term exams especially since as our teacher remind us, it makes up 40% of our overall grade. Still though, there are some students who don’t seem bothered with it at all for one reason or the other.
“Hmm.. I always did well in my mark reading and don’t really pay much attention to it. Its the End of Term exams.. that’s when everyone is studying”
Anonymous Form 2 student.

Even with the mixed reactions, it is encouraged that students do not make “monkey jokes” around this time. Instead of studying, students are often found roaming around or sitting in class talking and disturbing other classes.

We as Anglican High School Young Ladies however must all keep our standards high and must always strive for the best of the best. Mark Reading may not be seen as important as End of Term exams however it still plays a big part in our grades. I, as a Creative Writing student encourage all students not to be absent minded and to keep the grade average above 60%. A school Master once told us: “Dont strive for just 60%. You will be striving for that 60% and that alone. Strive for 100% Leave space for mistakes, everyone is bound for mistakes.”

Happy studying!

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