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  • Nov 25, 2014
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Cramming

It's that time of the year again

With exams around the corner, thousands of university students in Guangdong are burning the midnight oil.

The libraries are more crowded than ever, and the lights in the dormitories are still on late at night.

Tuesday, 10 January, 2012, 12:00am

Let's help students retain their curiosity

Thanks to modern technology, we have many new methods for learning. As well as traditional textbooks, we can learn from TV programmes, websites and video clips.

We can retrieve information conveniently just by a click of the mouse. Rather than having to memorise everything, we can use newfound knowledge creatively.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Are Hong Kong students under too much pressure to be all-rounders?

Each week our two teenagers debate a hot topic. This week ...

Dennis Wu, 17, St Joseph's College

12 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Q & A

My nine-year old son has suddenly become reluctant to take part in extra-curricular activities. He usually does these most afternoons as I prefer him to do valuable sports and learning activities rather than spend too much time with my helper at home.

19 May 2007 - 12:00am

Looking forward to less cramming

Jao Tsz-chun is only 11 years old, but he already likes the look of the curriculum he'll be studying in four years. 'I would be more interested in liberal studies because compared to the old subjects, there's less cramming involved,' he said yesterday.

21 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Sevens Special

How many women can you fit in a Mini? 18. In a lift at the City Garden Hotel this week? Not many. That's because the 11 teams playing in the Women's Rugby Sevens are all booked into the North Point hotel. My spy in the lobby tried to count how many of the burly bruisers yesterday morning were cramming into each lift.

26 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Schools of thought

A storm is brewing in Taiwan between the operators of after-hours cram schools and reform-minded parent groups, with each claiming to represent students' best interests.

14 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Students learn and practise English the fun way

Interesting and creative games stalls were set up in the hall of Buddhist Ho Nam Kam College during Christmas to help students learn English. Hundreds of students gathered in the hall to play games during lunch time and after school. The games encouraged schoolmates to speak more, write more and listen to more English.

31 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Must do better

The Education Department has made a valiant effort at encouraging schools to raise their standards, but it has yet to come up with a satisfactory method of assessment.

5 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Tough tests counter-productive

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Punishing workload bad for young minds' (South China Morning Post, February 10), regarding the study burden facing SAR students.

As a private tutor of a Primary Three student studying in a prestigious school, I sympathise with these students who are under so much pressure.

18 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Pre-school education probe long overdue

Congratulations on your editorial headlined, 'Lesson for teachers' (South China Morning Post, August 19).

For many years I have been appalled continually by the standard of care and education offered by a large number of Hong Kong kindergartens.

30 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Victims of rote-learning school system

I refer to the letter from Dawn Lee headlined, 'Students nowadays look for quick-fix solutions' (South China Morning Post, October 23).

In her letter Ms Lee criticised private tutorial colleges, saying that they were a 'manifestation of the dwindling moral values students have towards education'.

28 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

'Outdated teaching' decried

More than half of the Chinese student population say their creativity is stifled by outdated teaching methods and a dogmatic emphasis on examinations, according to a survey.

Of the 2,000 students polled in 10 universities and colleges and at 10 high schools, 53 per cent complained that 'education methods conflict with the cultivation of creativity'.

6 May 1997 - 12:00am

Software for hard subjects

Students and teachers are being offered a computer program designed to help overcome the hassles of studying maths and science. A British company, which operates sixth form colleges, has developed a software system for Advanced-level subjects like Chemistry, Pure Mathematics and Physics.

27 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Must reform education system

When I learned about the 600 odd students who had memorised, word for word, an answer for their A-Level Chinese Composition exam, it became quite obvious to me that these students had felt it was okay to revise for exams by memorising material and regurgitating it in parrot fashion.

8 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

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