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Alfred Yiu

Letter to the editor

Paper 1 Letter to the Editor

Context

Wednesday, 12 January, 2005, 12:00am

Getting the ideas right

Paper 4 Part B Group Interaction

Be well prepared

29 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Get the format right

Paper 3 Part B - Formal and Informal Letters

Format

From 1996 to 2004, there have been eight letters (five formal and three informal) tested. The table (right) will give you a better idea about format and style.

Style

22 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Hot Open Cloze items

The following exercise is meant to familiarise you with some of the often-tested items, particularly in general and Open Cloze (Paper 2).

1. If parents leave their children unattended at home, they will put them in _________.

2. Fire broke _______ last night, but it was soon brought _________ control.

1 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Tips for filling gaps

Paper 2 Open Cloze

Steps and Skills

Study the title which may provide a hint about the theme of the passage

Browse through the passage to get the overall idea behind it

Read the lines carefully to determine what is missing in terms of the intended meaning

24 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Make your characters lively

Paper 1 Narration continued

While it is impossible to give detailed description of every character in your story, they must appear real and lively.

This can be done by using adjectives and adverbs to show their personal traits. Naming them is the simplest way to differentiate them.

Examples:

10 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Give a simple, direct answer

Paper 4 Oral Examination 2

Exam tips for Part A, Task 2

13 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Get your tenses correct

Tenses play a very important role in the HKCEE English paper.

15 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Simplicity is beauty

Alfred Yiu is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong. He has 15 years' experience in tutoring students for HKCEE and A-level exams and has also written English textbooks.

30 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Using wise quotations

Alfred Yiu is here to help you get through your exams. A graduate of the University of Hong Kong, he has 15 years' experience in tutoring students for HKCEE and A-level exams and has also written English textbooks.

23 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Collecting ideas for topics

Alfred Yiu is here to help you get through your exams. A graduate of the University of Hong Kong, he has 15 years' experience in tutoring students for HKCEE and A-level exams and has also written English textbooks.

16 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Compiling afterthoughts

Alfred Yiu is here to help you get through your exams. A graduate of the University of Hong Kong, he has 15 years' experience in tutoring students for HKCEE and A-level exams and has also written English textbooks.

To COMPILE your afterthoughts, look at the following ideas. They should give you a good start.

Sample 1: About Hong Kong's future

9 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

End an essay with afterthought

Alfred Yiu is here to help you get through your exams. A graduate of the University of Hong Kong, he has 15 years' experience in tutoring students for HKCEE and A-level exams and has also written English textbooks.

2 Jun 2004 - 12:00am