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What was your favourite/worst subject at school?

(65 Posts)
effblinder Thu 04-Aug-11 12:31:19

I always think this tells you so much about a person:

I loved English and Latin and HATED Physics so much.

My poor physics teacher, she must've had a tough time with us!

greenmossgiel Thu 04-Aug-11 12:39:15

I loved English (and also Latin, which was included for 6 months only when I first started senior school). I also loved Art but hated Maths, Physics etc!

pompa Thu 04-Aug-11 13:13:01

My favourite subjects were metalwork and science. The subjects I hated were woodwork and book keeping - strangely, even though I hated them I was quite good at them. Even more oddly woodwork is now one of my main hobbies.

susiecb Thu 04-Aug-11 13:57:11

I loved English and History and was physcially put outside the maths room for being thick. I transpose numbers in the way dyslexics transpose words but no-one belives me. Thank God for spreadhseets!

janreb Thu 04-Aug-11 14:21:13

My favourite was history, I loved it and still do. Worse was definitely maths. Can you dyslexic with maths? I still hate anything to do with numbers. Needless to say I loved my history teacher and hated all maths teachers.

glassortwo Thu 04-Aug-11 15:29:01

susiecb are you my twin, I would have posted the exact same post grin

Ahh Miss Wright our History teacher she was the most fantastic teacher, she seemed ancient (probably wasnt) and always smelled of cigarettes and strong coffee.........

raggygranny Thu 04-Aug-11 15:46:08

I loved English and French. Maths and science subjects baffled me! (Still do.) We were lucky enough to be taught French and German by native speakers, which I am sure made a difference to how we learned them. Although I don't remember having the problem when I was at school I have noticed recently a tendency to transpose numbers - I 'think' them in the right order but write them down wrong!

Baggy Thu 04-Aug-11 16:15:22

I was worst at Latin in my first year though didn't dislike it; I just hadn't a clue what was going on! After an appalling exam result my mum tutored me all through the summer hols (she was so ashamed! sad) and I did fine the following year. Otherwise, it was chemistry, which I still intend to study. OH bought me a chemistry set to play with but I haven't started yet.

I quite liked everything else, especially English and Maths.
janreb, yes, you can be maths dyslexic. It's called dyscalculia.

numberplease Thu 04-Aug-11 16:30:29

Loved English Literature, could put up with English Language, loved History, quite liked Geography, and liked Biology.
Hated Maths with a passion, OK at arithmetic, but they lost me on algebra, geometry and trigonometry, and we had a teacher who used to throw board rubbers (the wooden backed ones!) at people she thought weren`t paying attention. Miss Johnston, I hope one of them eventually came back and bit you! I also could never get the hang of Physics and chemistry, French was alri-i-i-ght, if only Miss Millward had stopped playing with her outsize beads! And don`t even get me started on PE and games!!!
I was so bad at maths, and got such a low mark in the mock GCE, 3%, that I wasn`t allowed to take the real one, thank God, and I also dropped Geography. Ended up taking my GCE in 6 subjects, but only passed in 2, English language and French. What a thicko!!

janreb Thu 04-Aug-11 16:44:04

Well Baggy I definitely have that!

greenmossgiel Thu 04-Aug-11 16:45:01

No, you weren't and aren't a 'thicko', numberplease! I think circumstances played a large part in how we progressed at school in those days. I suppose that they do these days, too. You know you're no 'thicko'! Probably if we had the chance - or the wish -again to have another go at our education, we'd make a better job of it! So there!!! wink

susiecb Thu 04-Aug-11 17:05:30

How lovely to have a twin glassortwosmile

GrandmaRos Thu 04-Aug-11 17:33:27

Physics was my downfall. 32%- no more, no less, in every exam. It gave me up after two interminable years! Geography was always my favourite, followed by Italian which I started in the fifth form - must be something to do with the wonderful food and wine that attracted me to it!

numberplease Thu 04-Aug-11 17:34:55

Nice comments Greenmossgiel, thank you, but no way on earth would I EVER go back to school! Not that school anyway.

Zephrine Thu 04-Aug-11 18:29:37

numberplease sounds like you went to my school! I hated it, every minute sad the only useful thing I learnt was how to read maps thanks to a good geography teacher called Mr. Foss

bunic Thu 04-Aug-11 18:44:19

i loved any sports.Was not that good at woodwork,ended up being a carpenter !!

Grumpyoldwoman Thu 04-Aug-11 18:49:57

Hated PE and Maths

My favourite was Chemistry,....followed by Geography and 'domestic science' (I had to 'go down' a stream to take Dom Sc as my parents wanted me me to be a D Sc teacher and like the obedient child I was ....)

With hindsight I wish I had done Dietetics or Forensic science......not a lot of careers advice at my Convent School in the 60's.

yogagran Thu 04-Aug-11 18:51:34

Definitely dyslexic with maths! Awful at French, I was always told that I was worse than my sister which was not very conducive to learning. Loved English and biology at which I was fairly good. I didn't try hard enough at school, I think that I had the idea that because I was at school I ought to absorb the information in a process of osmosis without any input from me confused

nannym Thu 04-Aug-11 19:14:01

I was so bad at Maths that I was told it would be a complete waste of time for me to even take the mock O level!!! I'd been put off in my first year of Grammar School by the Maths master - I was not good at arithmetic, trig or geometry, but for some reason algebra struck a chord and I could do it. When the exam results were read out at the end of the term I had done badly in all of them bar algebra where I had got 87%. After doing an Oscar winning performance of a double take after reading out my result the teacher called me up to the front of the class and made me do two of the exam questions on the blackboard. I was so angry at the unspoken implication that I had cheated that I swore to myself that I would not bother trying anymore. sad

JessM Thu 04-Aug-11 19:43:06

My favourite was Biology and my least favourite Chemistry. We used to have the deputy head "Beattie" a terrifying woman with 1930s hairdo and drawn on eyebrows. I remember her sticking her finger in a test tube and saying "is it boiling yet" It was the only subject I failed at O level...
Several years later i ended up teaching it. Blind leading blind. More years passed and eventually the penny dropped when i dragged DS2 through his GCSE - he got a B! I was quite proud of myself.
Looking back most (all?) of the teaching was dry as dust and would get a resounding INADEQUATE from Ofsted these days.

Gally Thu 04-Aug-11 19:43:35

I hated school. Told I was useless at maths (I was) and science (I was) but loved languages - Frenach, Latin and later on Spanish. I was also quite good at Art. I wish I could hve my time over again with different teachers at a different school - reckon I wasn't so dumb as everyone thought.....grin

riclorian Thu 04-Aug-11 20:41:54

I hated grammar school . I adored infant and junior school but grammar-- no thanks !!. I passed the 11+ on an interview ( I was a borderline pass ) and I have always been convinced it was the wrong decision for me . I struggled to keep up and generally had a miserable time , whereas should I have been sent to secondry modern , as it was called in those days I am sure I would have sailed through in the top stream .In spite of all that I have had a good and happy life .

goldengirl Thu 04-Aug-11 20:54:23

My favourite subject was English and my worst - hmm, difficult one that because I was lousy at Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Pity because I wanted to be a doctor at one time! I went to a Grammar School but was in the bottom stream for maths and had a string of teachers throughout the school until I hit the O level year when I had a fantastic 'old' man [probably in his early 50s] who was soooo patient. I actually took the exam - and failed - but its thanks to his after school classes I even got that far. I've never let it hold me back though smile - but I didn't become a doctor!!!

artygran Thu 04-Aug-11 20:58:24

I loved, and did well in, English, History and Art and was very consistent at maths; bottom of the class for five years running. Maths lessons filled me with dread. I simply didn't get it, despite having very patient, supportive teachers. I did eventually achieve an understanding of the subject - enough to get me through my Army promotion exams - but it was a hard grind.

JessM Fri 05-Aug-11 08:12:18

I just remembered how not good "Secondary Modern" education was for the majority of people. Grammar schools were highly selective and my impression is that SecMod schools were really dire. Few facilities, lousy teaching, and school leaving at about 14/15 etc.
Those that go to today's comprehensives get an incomparably deal. Or am I wrong - were there any great secmods out of there?