We can all remember that nervous wait for those all-important exam results to drop through the letter box, and it hasn’t gotten any easier for school kids.
In fact, this year I’ll bet the anxiety-filled rite of passage will be even worse for many Scottish youngsters.
On Tuesday, when National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher results are announced, for the first time ever grades will not be the result of late-night library sessions and hours spent memorising periodic tables or scenes from Shakespeare.
Instead, after official assessments were cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown, results will be based on teachers’ estimated grades, course work and prelims, as well as each school’s historical exam results.
There will always be people who are very good at taking exams because they have great memory retention. But, equally, there will also be students who are just as bright but struggle with the pressure of the exams, and therefore don’t perform as well academically.
Often, your entire school career can come down to a few hours in an exam hall. And, if the pressure gets to you, it can be really tough to recover.
So, I’ve always felt that teacher assessments are, for the most part, a