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Homework

'Homework uncle' Lin Dongping uses Weibo to help pupils dig up answers

Lin Dongping

Lin Dongping, a 25-year-old IT programmer in Fujian's provincial capital, Fuzhou, uses his Weibo microblog to help high school pupils with their homework. Lin, who calls himself "homework uncle", seeks help from others or digs up answers after pupils take a photo of the question and send it to him.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 2:54pm 2 comments

Class Action: quality homework should be balanced with downtime

Burying their heads in books is not the best approach. Photo: Dickson Lee

Some educational research indicates that homework makes little difference to a child's ability in most areas of the curriculum and, in the worst case scenario, can actually turn students off learning.

24 Feb 2013 - 4:06pm

Pupils polled on three top changes for happier school life

Lawmaker Chan Yuen-han was impressed by the work of the 'junior chief executives', a project by the Boys and Girls Clubs Association. Photo: Edward Wong

More school outings, more encouragement from teachers and less homework would make pupils happier, a survey by members of the Boys and Girls Clubs Association has found.

A total of 513 pupils from Primary Four up to Form Three were asked to rank a list of what schools could do to make their time in school more pleasant.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am

More than one answer to maths problems

More than one answer to maths problems

My daughter has always struggled with maths. Her teacher recently suggested that I get her a tutor. Tutors are expensive, and my daughter has little enough free time after homework and activities. I know her classmates get tutoring and this means my daughter will fall even further behind her peers. This sets the bar in schools higher and higher.

25 Nov 2012 - 11:29am

Ways for parents to communicate with their children's teachers

Make it a point to be involved in your child's school life.Photo: David Wong

Being a parent who is also an educator has given me insight into how our behaviour as parents influences our children's in school. From my experience in the classroom, here are five resolutions parents can make this new school year to encourage a greater sense of responsibility from their children.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:32am

Voyage of discovery

Freelance writer Cam Cheung Wai-nui and her husband, former police superintendent Robert Highfield, are unconventional parents. When the couple decided after Highfield's retirement in 2005 to realise his childhood dream of sailing around the world, they surprised friends and relatives by taking their two young daughters along.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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Listening to troubled teens can help

Teenagers often suffer emotional stress. Much of it comes from trying to get good results at school or in exams.

These teens may display unusual behaviour and suffer from mood swings.

They may hide their problems and not listen to others.

16 May 2012 - 12:00am

Helping the transition to secondary school is of primary importance

My son is in Primary Six and is getting stressed about moving to secondary school. He already struggles to organise himself, and he's worried about having to go to lots of different classes and having more homework. He also worries that he won't be with his friends.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

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Single women can be happy and fulfilled

I dislike the show Bride Wannabes as it promotes gender discrimination. Single women are considered as 'leftovers' and something negative to be looked down on.

Why aren't single men branded as 'leftovers', too? Why must single women try to find a boyfriend or husband?

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Children must learn that homework is their own responsibility

My son is only in primary school, but he has a lot of homework and it's a struggle to make him do it. It sometimes includes lengthy research projects and he also gets Chinese homework as well as maths and English. All he wants to do after school is play sport, play with friends or go on the computer.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Patience brings rewards

I recently started volunteering as a tutor in a day-care centre, helping primary students with their homework.

One of the little boys was very naughty, but I did not scold him because my mum told me that teaching requires patience. I asked him to sit down properly and tried to get him to do his homework.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Computers for poor taken over by parents

Providing poor families with access to computers and the internet can sometimes produce new problems, according to organisers of a government-funded learning programme.

A student whose family obtained a computer under the 'I Learn at home' programme found that rather than being able to use it for homework, his father took it over and became hooked on computer games.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

How to exercise his organisational muscle

My son is very disorganised. His teachers always report that he has an untidy desk tray and never keeps his table tidy. He often gets in trouble for forgetting homework, even though I remind him to take it in. He doesn't seem able to improve. He's in Year Six now, and I'm worried that he won't be able to organise himself in high school, with all the different lessons and homework schedules.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

No As without the Zzzzs

There is a growing problem of students going to bed late. Nowadays, students are very busy, with many taking extra lessons plus doing their homework, and preparing for exams. There's just not enough time to do all this in one day. So, a lot of students find themselves still working at midnight.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

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Reflections after Yueyue tragedy

Do you remember Yueyue? She was a two-year-old girl who was run over twice in Guangdong last October without anyone coming to her aid.

The incident was caught on video and people around the world were shocked. Many locals walked by the critically injured little girl before an elderly woman finally picked her up.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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