Study simply a business deal

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 December, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 December, 1997, 12:00am

More students these days decide to attend tutorial classes outside of school.

Why are they doing this and what are the advantages? Firstly, tutorial colleges have excellent facilities.

There is a big screen in front of a 'classroom' which holds more than 100 students.

There also are speakers throughout the room, ensuring every student can hear what the tutor says.

Secondly, students get a lot of wonderful notes and tips which are valuable for passing examinations.

Tutors usually tell students which parts of a question are likely to appear in the exam paper, and many students get As in their exams.

It cannot be denied that, by attending tutorial classes, students have a better chance of passing their examinations.

But do students really gain knowledge from attending these classes? No, they learn only how to pass the examination. They merely learn from the notes that the tutor has given them.

And some staff at these centres make mistakes during tutorials. For instance, our English tutor often mispronounces words.

Although the equipment in tutorial classrooms is great, the conventional study atmosphere is lost.

Students and tutors become distant from one another and tutors only care about tuition fees.

The students, meanwhile, care only about the wonderful notes and the tips they get to help them pass examinations.

Study becomes commercial and meaningless.

Perhaps the Education Department should take over the running of these institutions.

Summing up, I'd say it is not worth attending a tutorial class. Kit-ching is a student of Tai Po Government Secondary School