Try to stay focused when taking an exam

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 May, 2006, 12:00am

Hong Kong students are often criticised for being too exam-orientated. They study hard to get good results.

There has never been a clear-cut answer to whether exams are doing more harm than good.

However, exams can provide a guide for the teachers to see which students they need to give more attention to. Students can see what their weaknesses are and try to overcome them.

But exams put students under a lot of pressure. They study every day and forget the purpose of learning. Still, exams are unavoidable and essential.


Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

Thanks for your letter, Annis. You are right - love them or hate them, exams are part of school life.

A lot of students get nervous before an exam. A little nervousness is natural, and can actually help you by keeping you alert and sharp. But if you are very nervous, it can work against you and you might not perform your best.

If you are nervous before an exam, take a few big, deep breaths to calm yourself. And avoid chatting to anxious classmates - you want to go into the exam hall focused and with a clear head.

Good luck to all of you who are sitting exams now.

Kate, Editor