We studied English in the morning and Chinese in the afternoon during high school. English was great! Without studying, I could get a perfect score just listening to the lecture. For Chinese class, it was an entirely different story. I could understand the lecture but answering in Chinese characters was a struggle.
I had this POPULAR TEACHER who was loved by most students. In class, she shared to us a technique of cheating where she used her foot to turn the pages of the notebook. At a young age, my pick up was fast. I did not study for a Chinese exam and I did just that. Turned the pages of my notes using my foot during exam. And I got caught by my BEST TEACHER. I call her my BEST TEACHER because besides academics, she also taught me the lesson on character. I was asked to stay behind after class
I was not too worried about it. If I got a failing mark for that exam, I would study for the next exam to get a perfect score and average a passing mark. Besides... It was Chinese class. I was not running for honor roll.
If educators chanced upon this blog, I wish them learning to become effective in mentors.