Valuable practice for oral exam
We beat another Form Six class in a speech competition.
Each class had to nominate six students for the contest, which included six rounds and 10 topics.
I was one of the representatives of my class, 6S. Our opponents were from 6A.
Each round consisted of a two-minute presentation by members of the two teams.
There were different topics for each round and we had two minutes to prepare our speeches.
At the end of the competition, the adjudicators offered useful comments on our performances.
Our class won four rounds, hence we won the competition.
We were very excited, but winning the top prize wasn't the most important thing.
We received some valuable advice and the contest provided good preparation for our oral exam.
Public speaking can give students a lot of confidence, which can help improve their academic performance.
I am happy I took part in the event.
Henry, STFA Cheng Yu Tung Secondary School
Ah Bun the writer
I am glad to hear Tang Siu-pun (better known as Ah Bun) launched another book this month.
Five years ago, Ah Bun wrote to then chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, pleading for the right to die.
Ah Bun, who is paralysed from the neck down, published a 300-page Chinese book in 2007.
I am happy he is now more focused on his life.
Also, the fact that he is now a well-known writer will boost his self-esteem.
I hope he will write more books in the future.
Yanki Ho Tsz-yan, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School
Education for high-flyers
I am writing in response to the article 'Well, it beats catching the morning bus' (South China Morning Post, July 15).
The article was about a mainland student who came to school in a helicopter, which landed just a few metres from the classrooms.
This shows the wide gap between the rich and the poor. Most mainland students have to wait for buses or walk to school.
But some students from wealthy families can afford to use a helicopter to go to school.
Such luxuries are not necessarily a sign of progress.
I believe in the slogan 'Education for All'. Education should be provided for every child, regardless of their background.
Money should have nothing to do with education.
Hard work and motivation are the keys to success.
Eunice, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
Many students ask this question: 'What is the best way to get high marks?' I don't think there's one answer that fits everyone. But I would like to make some suggestions.
You should come up with your own method for effective learning.
I pay attention in class and do revision every evening. I don't believe in studying just before a test or exam.
In addition, you should go to bed early so that you can concentrate in class the next day.
Most importantly, you should enjoy your lessons.
Tse Lai-fan, Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School