PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 June, 2011, 12:00am


YouTube videos help you learn

The YouTube website provides the best way of self-learning.

I have been fascinated by its educational videos since I first started seeking help about my schoolwork two years ago. YouTube's video animations gave me a very clear picture of what I was studying.

Unlike in school, you can replay videos on YouTube until you understand a concept completely. You can also check out study suggestions which are displayed on the video window.

YouTube provides teaching videos in many fields. You can learn how to play musical instruments from great tutors for free, or how to keep yourself from sleeping in class, or how to have better handwriting.

Whatever you want to know, simply type in the keywords and you will find experts offering valuable advice.

I have just learned ice-skating and dancing from YouTube. You may think such activities are a 'mission impossible' for self-learners. With the great demonstrations and explanations provided by tutors online, I can say 'nothing is impossible'.

Manni Lily Mo, Carmel Divine Grace Foundation Secondary School

Stop giving excuses to avoid sports

Sports are must-do activities to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Obesity is becoming common because people lead unhealthy lifestyles. Most obese people always eat junk food. They seldom, or never, do sports. They prefer playing video games, because they think sports will make them feel tired and they don't want to sweat.

Hong Kong students have a similar attitude. They like to stay indoors and play video games.

Some of them say: 'I play sports. I always play Wii.' Is Wii really a sport or is it just a game that requires you to use only two fingers?

In addition, some parents think their children should focus on their studies and spend their spare time in tutorial classes. They don't think their children can make money playing sports.

Think of it in another way: do we need to treat everything so seriously? Should the result be the only consideration? Can't we play sports for fun or for our health? Playing sports can be a hobby, too.

Yeung Lok-tin, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Top officials should set good example

Hongkongers were surprised to find that some high-ranking officials, including Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung, undersecretary for the environment Dr Kitty Poon Kit and even Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, had unlawful structures on their properties.

The illegal structures had obviously been built with the approval of the officials themselves.

These officials are not setting good examples to the public while urging fellow Hongkongers to be law-abiding citizens. What was worse was that they tried to hide the truth.

This shows not only the inefficiency of the bureaucracy, but also the officials' double standards. They ought to dismantle the structures instead of giving excuses.

As a world city, Hong Kong cannot afford to have double standards and dishonest high-ranking officials. We need government officials with a strong sense of moral and social responsibility.

Adrian Wong, STFA Yung Yau College

Early to bed, early to rise

What time did you go to bed last night? Have you ever felt sleepy during lessons? Whatever your reason is for being late, I suggest you sleep earlier.

It has been suggested that we should sleep eight hours a day so that we can refresh our minds and be able to concentrate more during lessons the next day.

If we go to bed too late, we may end up daydreaming or even dozing off in class. As a result, we may miss lessons taught by the teachers.

Also, the habit could have serious consequences. The later we sleep, the more energetic we will feel at night. We may, therefore, go to bed even later and wake up later than before.

With insufficient sleep, we won't be up for the challenge the next morning.

Let's all try to sleep earlier. Wish you a good night.

Carmen Yu, Sha Tin Government Secondary School