I did Physics at high school and did terribly - I think I got 35% on my 'O' Grade and that was pure luck because I understood absolutely nothing from the class. I wasn't mathematical or science-orientated at all. It always bugged me.
This year at school, I was asked to support in a 3rd Year Physics class that was all boys. Oh bloody hell, I thought. I'll never be able to keep up and help support the boys' learning.
So I began keeping my own jotter of the work just so I could keep up and support the class. Then I asked to do one of the class tests with the boys just to see that I was taking it in - I got 87%. The teacher was impressed and asked me, as an interesting experiment and example for the boys, if I would consider doing the National 4 course with the class - be a part of the class properly. So I agreed and for the last couple of months I have been doing all the homework and all the tests the same as the boys (13 out of 13 and 93%).
I am absolutely loving it, I can't tell you how much I am enjoying this side of education that I previously thought I'd never be able to do. So much so that I now run a Physics Revision Group on Wednesday lunchtimes and the boys are loving having me be a part of their course. In fact, a few of us try to beat each other in tests and answering questions in class.
I am even buying books on science and physics in particular!
I want to get through my National 4 (which also means I have to do a project and experiment on front of the teacher) and get onto my National 5. Will I be the oldest person with a National qualification? Probably, but I don't care!