Give each other a hand with your studies

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 August, 2006, 12:00am

I was very happy because I did well in my final exam, and I told my friends about it.

After a few days, I started to notice that one of my friends was not talking to me. Later, I found out that she didn't do well in the exam.

I was only expressing my feelings when I told people I did well, I had no intention to hurt anyone. If I were in my friend's shoes, I would also be unhappy.

I will mind my words in future.


Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Kwai Chung)

Thanks for your letter, Carmen, and congratulations on your good marks. Getting our exam results can sometimes be as stressful as sitting the exams themselves.

And, as you have learned, if you do well it is considerate to be mindful of friends who haven't done as well.

Your friend was disappointed she didn't get the good grades that you did, but given a little time she will get over it.

Perhaps you could find a tactful way of offering to help her on the subjects she finds difficult. I'm sure there are things she finds easy that you would like explained, so you could suggest helping each other - that way you will both feel equal in the friendship.

Kate, Editor