Friday, May 11, 2007

Century in last mat(c)h!

At the end of a long hard day, I discovered a beautiful surprise sitting in my inbox. It was an email from my tuition kid. Technically, she's not my tuition kid as I'm merely covering for my friend who's out of town, but over the last few weeks of teaching her, I've grown attached to her and the crazy little things she does.

This is A, your tuition student. I got my maths marks today. Your tuition paid off, I got.................................................................100/100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so happy! Tell you more about it on Sunday. See ya!

When I first started teaching her, I could tell she was a very bright student. But she often made careless mistakes, especially in the last stages of a sum, forgot to convert units before calculations, and loved to divide the area of a square by 4 to arrive at the length. But her grasping power was immense, and if she understood something properly, she'd never forget it. In the last few weeks, since her exams were close, we had been working hard on her misconceptions and careless mistakes.

Hi A,
What an awesome surprise! 100/100!!! I'm sooooo proud of you! HIGH FIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
See you sunday! :)

I was happily bouncing around like a big ball in a swimming pool full of kids when I suddenly remembered something. My friend - the original tutor - is coming back to Singapore next week, and sadly, this sunday will be my last lesson with A.


But I think I'll go for the half-full glass thingie.

At least I am retiring at the peak.


American Pi said...

First one here!! Awesome... 100/100... you should have taught me Math for Class XII

Bivas said...

Kaangrats to both of u[:)]
WTG! [:D]

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...


The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

it was always my dream to get a 100 on 100 in maths. i don't remember if i ever did, but remember all the times i got 99.5 because of SILLY MISKATES!

good on you for training her to avoid them.

Sandew said...

Ah full marks in maths. those were the days. I learnt later that 40/100 is can also be quiet a satisfing score :D

Sandew said...

grr i cant use my nick name :((

Bivas said...

@TGFI: Posting third doesn't entitle u to the silver ;-) but since its TGIF today...u can hv it :P :D

Rebellion said...

Full marks! Coooooool. Congrats Sash. As she said, your hard work paid off and hers too for sure :)

This time when you go there, click pic of both of you. I wanna see :D

PS: I loved Maths & accounts for this sole reason. We could manage a 100/100 in them :D

V said...
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V said...

Think you cud teach me too? Math happens to be my WEAKEST link. Used to get 13/150 in it...


V said...

and why have u disabled anonymous comments?

Neihal said...


retiring at peak..:D

cute kid she is. :)

Sayesha said...

#American Pie,
Hahaha! Welcome back man! :D

Thanks! :D
ps: Too much orkutting kar raha hai yaar, emoticons in square brackets and all! :P

#Ipanema Gal,
Silver my foot! You get ghisa hua worthless bronze! Muahahaha! :D

#Ipanema Gal,
Hehehe... 100/100 rocks man... I used to get that in school a lot, but once I made one silly mistake and my Maths teacher scolded me soooooooooo much ki after that I was totally careful! :D

Hehehehe... :D

Hahahahah! Good one! :D

Okie I'll try and take a picture after my last lesson :)

Hahahhaha! Phir se primary school join karega? :D
ps: Disabled anon comments cos I got too much porn spam re.


Thisisme said...

wah bhai wah...mast teacher ke honhaar bachche :D:D mubarakan!
n kya retiring n all..keep at it..m sure u make a fab teacher!

btw..this reminded me of my gud ole days when i topped india in maths board exams..*sighhhh*! kahan gaye woh din..kya euphoric feeling hoti thi woh! nothing can equate that 100/100 feel!! *sigh*
ah..i absolutely luvvv maths!:D:D

Bivas said...

orkutting!...yeah rite :-)
actually dats a morning ritual...subah orkut khulta hai n ur just out of sheer habit yeh ho gaya...

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...




Sakshi said...

@ Sayesha - I like maths. I hate teaching it though. In my mind, I have already saolved the problem and then I don't understand why the poor kid cant :P
Still waiting for my T-shirt :)

@TGFI- With you girl! Claime kiya to aapka hai silver!

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

my dad used to make me solve the whole paper again after coming home from the exam. sheesh! :p

@sakshi, see see. wot atyachaar.

Bivas said...

oye...atyachaar ho yaa aam kaa achar...
bole to medal position seich milne kaa mangta...claim se nahich...kya...:P

Iday said...

I am pretty strong in mathematics. But, funny it might sound, of all the maths exams i have written i scored a 100% only once - in my 12th board exams. I've had SO many of those frustrating 98% and 99%s :)

So i really know how the 100% feels :) high fives from my end too :)

Abt this Sunday being the last class - you were anyway filling for your friend. So this had to happen sooner or later :) Good thing is you had fun teaching them and made your mark by improving their performances.

The kids wont forget u for sure :)

Janefield said...

hehehe...congrats to the li'l scorer :-)

Sayesha said...

Hahaha! I can't keep at it re... her original tutor is back! :) But yeah I still remember the school ke 100/100 days! Man! :D

Hahaha! Ok ok :P

#Ipanema Gal,
Wot claim huh? Insurance samajh ke rakha hai? :/ Claim nahin, shame kar tu!

//In my mind, I have already saolved the problem and then I don't understand why the poor kid cant :P

Haha! Can totally relate to that! :D

//Still waiting for my T-shirt :)

T-shirt? Oh I'm supposed to send you one? I thought you're sending me one! Achha koi baat nahin - cancel cancel! :P

#Ipanema Gal,
Hahahaha! Yeah I used to do that too, but difference was - Dad never asked me to. :D
*ducks to avoid bricks being thrown at nerdy Bhai* :P

Am with you man! :D

The 99s are the worst man! WORST! :/

Thanks on her behalf! :D

Iday said...

The 99s are the worst man! WORST! :/
Tell me abt it :(
I score just one less than the perfect score, but my maths teacher scolds me the most in the class.

Even more than that moron who got 23.5 :/

Sayesha said...

I know exactly what you mean! :/