The A-level results are out!
Maryam got an A in Biology and B in Physics. Danyal, a B in Physics.
[EDIT: The physics results were subsequently revised]
Maryam had a nightmare biology paper, so she’s overjoyed with that.
Both were initially disappointed with their physics, as was I, in part because they were both 1% from an A. Having let the results sink in, I’ve realised disappointment is totally nuts. B’s in Physics A-levels, aged 10 and 12, are incredible achievements (and they did them in 5 months flat of self-study).
Their results are possibly world-records for science A-levels (excluding maths), and if they’re not, they can’t be too far off.
There are two lessons learned…
- A-level Physics and Biology are tough subjects for young kids. Science A-level questions can be complex and many of them are just too difficult for young kids to understand and then explain even when they understand the concepts. And common sense and experience both help, both of which come with age.
- Perhaps, and I’m not sure of this, I should have been more involved with the physics. While I will continue to let them self-teach their Maths and Further Maths A-level, I’m going to add a weekly tutorial on the weekends to go over the material they’ve covered.
If the kids want to go to university they’ll probably redo their Physics A-levels at some point, but if they’re going to go into business, which is their most likely path, I don’t see the point in wasting time and effort…