Tutorials not a shortcut

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 March, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 March, 1996, 12:00am

Students who want to study at Hong Kong tertiary institutions have to take the HKCEE (Form Five) and the A-Level Examination (Form Seven).

Since the results of these public exams play such an important role, students tend to take tutorial classes after school to get better results.

Indeed, there are a lot of tutorial centres which help students prepare for these exams. The number of these centres is on the rise.

However, does it automatically mean that tutorial centres guarantee success? In my opinion, one of the reasons pupils take these tutorials is they get to take some classes which are not available at their school.

For example, arts students can opt for additional mathematics courses at tutorial centres. This way, students learn what they are interested in.

Some students attend tutorials to improve on what they have learned in school. For example, students who wish to be more proficient in English may take some language courses.

Many students discover that another advantage is exam-oriented tutorials give them a sense of what public exams are really like.

Nevertheless, some students go to tutorial centres only because their schoolmates do. Some may spend several hundred dollars a month for a stack of notes.

Tutorial centres usually guarantee success in their advertisements. But I think it is not necessarily true. One has to work hard to succeed in public exams.

Tutorials help but whether one gets satisfactory results depends on one's effort. Even if you have attended tutorial classes, you will not get good grades if you do not work hard.

My opinion is that students who want satisfactory performances in exams should spend more time on their studies rather than in tutorial classes.

Chun-yin is a student of Ying Wa College