Mrs. Tan was feeling nervous because her son Tom’s exam was coming. This was his national exam and they did not know what to expect. Tom’s weakest subject was Chinese. So Mrs Tan had found a private teacher to give him extra lessons to improve his Chinese. Tom, on the other hand, was not showing any interest in the subject. He thought that the extra lessons would not be helpful to his grades at all. So he didn’t put much effort into the lesson.
One day after Tom’s Chinese lesson, his teacher spoke to Mrs. Tan. She said that Tom was showing a callous attitude (冷漠的态度) to his work. She was worried about that he might not pass his Chinese exam if he continued being like this. She had no idea that the situation was becoming so terrible. She told the teacher that she would have a word with Tom about it.
That evening, both Mr. and Mrs. Tan sat down with Tom and talked to him. They wanted to know why his attitude was so bad. They managed not to scold him but instead, talked to him kindly. At first, Tom said nothing. Then, he slowly told them he did not understand his lessons. He said that the teacher’s pace (速度) of lesson was too fast for him. Mrs. Tan then advised him to speak up if it happened the next time so that his teacher could slow down. In addition, Mrs. Tan would let his teacher know that she needed to slow down her lessons a little.
After that heart-to-heart discussion with Tom, the situation improved. His teacher taught him at a pace that was comfortable to him and he in turn, would speak up and ask questions whenever he had problems.
By the time Tom sat for his exam, he was feeling more confident. When his results came out, he was excited as he had improved a lot in Chinese. Both his parents as well as his private teacher were very proud of him. It goes to show that with an effort, all things are possible.
1.Why didn’t Tom work hard on the extra Chinese lessons?
A.He didn’t like his private teacher at all.
B.He didn’t want to follow his parents’ orders.
C.He thought he could get good grades without the lessons.
D.He didn’t think the lessons could help him get higher grades.
2.What does the underlined word “scold” mean?
B.speak angrily to
D.play a joke on
3.How did the situation improve?
①The teacher changed her pace of the lesson.
②Tom began to ask questions.
③Mr. Tan had a talk more often with Tom’s private teacher.
4.What can we learn from this story?
A.Practice makes perfect.
B.A good start is half done.
C.Interest is the best teacher.
D.There is no success without effort.