Well, the silly season has come again. Just got a request from a mother whose son is struggling at physics, but needs an A* in his mocks. Of course, I told her that as they were just a few weeks away her son had very unrealistic expectations of what tutoring could achieve in that time, and so I was declining her request. Why, Oh why do parents and students have such ridiculous expectations? As the film says: you rush a miracle man, you get lousy miracles. Or, in my case, the miracle man won't even see you. I've also had a lazy boy who is a weak student, but after coming to me for a few weeks decided that he didn't want anymore tutoring until September. His mother has been told that I'm only prepared to help dedicated and conscientious students, so if he doesn't continue until the end of the school year I won't have him back. I get the feeling that the parents know full well that their son is a serious slacker, but aren't prepared to lay down the law.