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England can learn from Scotland's more fun, well-rounded education

Lauren Neilson teaches her biology students at Bishopbriggs Academy. Photo: NYT

In the leafy subdivision of East Dunbartonshire, outside Glasgow, the hallways of Bishopbriggs Academy were buzzing from a production of the musical Bugsy Malone the night before.

Monday, 8 July, 2013, 9:17am

Learning Curve: the tyranny of predicted grades

Exam results should be used by universities. Photo: May Tse

As students sit their exams for the International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE), I am reminded of the hundreds of predicted grades I have given out in my teaching career.

13 May 2013 - 9:54am 1 comment

Learning curve: best revising secret? Just do it

Illustration: Corbis

I recently received an e-mail from a student who is undertaking his International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams in May, seeking some revision tips.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:55am

Hong Kong's deadly exam culture

A survey last year found 54 per cent of Form Three and 72 per cent of Form Six students go for extra tuition after school. Photo: Edmond So

Hong Kong is not alone in having a strong exam culture. The rise of "managerialism" - the application of the business model of accountability, efficiency and surveillance to education - has had a profound effect in many countries. Education policy has been affected by globalisation as governments prioritised economic growth.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:50am 5 comments

Learning Curve: relieve anxiety the Hindu way

Students should learn to focus on more than just exam results. Photo: Felix Wong

Exam stress and anxiety regarding results are part and parcel of being a student. While anxiety can be a driving force, it is more often an incapacitating factor in exam preparation.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:33am

Education is about more than just high marks

Education is about more than just high marks

Educators are increasingly aware of the importance of recognising and developing personal, social and emotional intelligence as the basis of developing vital life skills.

17 Feb 2013 - 3:44pm

One poor test result should be put in perspective

One-off tests are a snapshot of a child's ability on a given day. Photo: Corbis

My daughter has always had good reports for writing, and it is her favourite subject at school. But she did not do very well in a standardised test recently. She was very disappointed and it seems to have affected her confidence. The school said this was a new kind of test they were trying out. Are these tests really that important?

9 Dec 2012 - 12:59pm

South Korean students helped through most important day

Students from a Seoul high school cheer for their seniors outside the examination hall before the exam begins. Photo: Reuters

Military training was suspended, flights rescheduled and emergency calls reserved for latecomers yesterday as hundreds of thousands of South Korean students sat a crucial college entrance examination.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:20am

Beware of celebrity tutors, the masters of marketing

Whatever their area and level of expertise, star tutors are, above all, salespeople.

The strange phenomenon of celebrity tutors in Hong Kong, developed over the past decade or two, has not declined with the recent adoption of the 3-3-4 system of six years in secondary school and four years in university.

In the past, whether students could enter university hinged on their performances in two public exams; now, one diploma exam seals their fate.

6 Nov 2012 - 2:26am

Briefs, September 23, 2012

Opposition fails to dislodge Sean Chen

23 Sep 2012 - 3:07am

Students should not be losing out because of exam revamp

Securing a university place remains the top priority for Hong Kong students. They are trained to sit through a series of highly competitive examinations to enter the institution they prefer. When the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) was introduced to replace the two-tier exam as part of the academic structure revamp, hopes were high that it would ease pressure on the students.

27 Aug 2012 - 4:53am

Parents pray for exam rule change

Liu Yuliang, a mechanical engineer originally from Shandong province, said he saw a glimmer of hope in the government's timetable for an overhaul of the national university entrance examinations, also known as the gaokao.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Mainlander sat exams for someone else

10 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Tips to help you study well

As a member of my school's Big Sister Scheme, I would like to offer some tips to help students study effectively.

18 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Are exams a more effective tool to assess students than coursework?

Matthew Murchie, 15, St Joseph College

For thousands of years, exams have been used to assess students' abilities and intelligence. But recently, more schools have been opting for a different approach to assessment: coursework.

9 Jun 2010 - 12:00am