Revision is more than memorising
I attach great importance to my studies. I understand the value of doing revision to get good results in tests or exams.
But I also believe that you won't always get good results just because you have done a lot of revision. That's because revision means more than just memorising.
Memorising may help with set answers, but the key is to understand the topic well. You should 'digest' the information in your books, not just try to learn by heart all the terms and definitions in them.
Mindless memorising is a waste of time. If you don't get the desired results on your tests and exams, you may want to re-evaluate your revision methods. That should help.
Alex Cheung, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
Fast food is a curse to our health
Fast food is becoming more popular because of our busy lifestyles. This type of food can be made and consumed quickly. Some people think those advantages outweigh the health hazards.
We have all heard of the negative effects of fast food. Recently I watched a documentary called Super Size Me. In it, a US filmmaker restricts his diet to McDonald's food for a period of time to see how it would affect his health.
He finds that eating only fast food for even a relatively short period can seriously damage your health.
The film has reminded me how important it is for teens to have a healthy diet.
Kristie Cheung Kit-ying, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
Criminals deserve a second chance
I am writing in response to a recent article that said studying can offer hope for teenage criminals.
At times, we hear about serious crimes committed by people under the age of 18. In such cases, law enforcement officers will seek to find ways to rehabilitate these young criminals.
According to the article, Wilson - a young convicted murderer - began studying again in prison.
He even completed a master's degree. I was moved to hear about his efforts to better himself and make a fresh start in life.
We should help criminals who try to mend their ways because they regret their past conduct. They have also paid a heavy price for their mistakes.
It is encouraging that the government provides resources to help offenders turn over a new leaf.
I believe many criminals would welcome such opportunities to rehabilitate themselves and return to society.
You have to work hard for success
Today's youths are often criticised for their inability to face challenges.
At the same time, some are said to be too arrogant. Many have very high expectations but only limited knowledge or abilities.
While it's understandable that young people aspire to have good jobs and opportunities, I believe they should also work hard to deserve those benefits.
Every job requires hard work. It is impossible to find a well-paying job that is not demanding at all.
Many young people expect high salaries but seem reluctant to put in the effort. They should remember the saying: no pain, no gain. Only people who work hard deserve high salaries.
Compared to today's youngsters, previous generations were much more hard-working and pragmatic. Our elders struggled very hard to improve their lives. Their perseverance and determination finally led them to success.
There are no short cuts to success. The key to success is hard work.
Youngsters are full of energy; they should be able to withstand long hours at work. As long as they are ambitious, they will become successful sooner or later.
Gabrielle Wong Lai-wa
Say no to bear farms
A mainland company has set up a bear farm to drain the bile of captive animals for medical purposes.
The bears suffer great pain, and spend their entire lives in cages. They suffer slow, painful deaths.
Such practices are unacceptable. We should all boycott companies that engage in practices that cause harm and suffering to animals.
Priscilla Chan, Leung Shek Chee College