PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 September, 2011, 12:00am


Making a video is really hard work

Recently I shot a four-minute video with my group mates as part of our holiday homework.

We gathered outside my friend's home one afternoon and started shooting the video.

We decided to film it scene by scene. Although each scene was very short, we had to redo them many times. Some of us, including me, forgot our lines.

We used a mobile phone to shoot the video so the quality wasn't that good and the sound was blurred. But the biggest problem was that we had no idea how to edit the video.

It took us three hours to make a four-minute video.

We were all exhausted by the end of it. Even though we worked well together, I realised that making a video is not an easy job.

Jessica Yu, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Healthy lifestyle will help studies

Performing well in school is high on the agenda of Hong Kong students. So let me give you some tips about how to study more effectively.

First of all, you should learn to manage your time well. Planning ahead is important. Setting goals helps you keep your focus. That way, you can avoid letting things fall into a mess.

You should have a clear schedule showing how much time you want to spend studying, playing and resting. You should do each with proper care and dedication. A clear plan will help you in this.

Second, a healthy diet and regular exercise are also essential if you hope to improve your performance in school.

A healthy body is vital for a healthy mind. Keeping fit, meanwhile, helps us remain strong and resolute. Sticking to a healthy lifestyle also teaches you about self-discipline.

Make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and have a balanced diet rich in nutrients. You should also allocate time for regular exercise. Being healthy in mind and body will help you concentrate better in school.

Third, we need to stay alert and remain prepared all the time. By making sure to keep abreast of our studies, we can reach a higher level of knowledge. That can benefit us before exams and reduce some of the pressure on us.

We can do that by always paying attention in class, by following lesson plans and by doing our homework.

You should take each test seriously and prepare for them as if they were major exams. That will keep you sharp and up to date with your studies.

Christie Lam Man-ting, Pooi To Middle School

Education system is a burden on us

In recent decades, our city's education system has been modified and modified again.

Several new curriculums and study systems have been introduced over the years. That has meant that both students and teachers have needed to make regular adjustments. One effect of the changes has been the creation of an examination-oriented learning atmosphere. Students need to spend a great deal of time preparing for a variety of subjects.

Many simply cannot cope on their own and have to attend tutorials in the hopes of doing better in school. They hardly have time for anything else outside their studies.

This also means that often students care less about actually learning a subject well than about simply doing well in it in exams. Many of them have completely lost their interest in studies.

The education system should encourage students to value knowledge, not just turn them ito drones.

Sy Fung-yee, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Gender stereotyping needs further work

'Boys are strong. Girls are weak.'

We all encounter statements like this regularly. Such stereotypes are far from harmless. They imply that women are inferior to men and are incapable of doing certain jobs.

Gender stereotyping in Hong Kong is less common than in many other places. There are female chief executives and male nurses here, and Hongkongers are trying to break down gender barriers.

Yet we should not rest on our laurels.

We need to work harder to erase gender stereotypes from our lives so we can live in a world where men and women are equal.

Susan Cheng, Christian Alliance SC Chan Memorial College