Rote Learning

Letters to the Editor, April 24, 2013

Makeshift memorial near site of the bombings. Photo: AFP

I write as a former member of the Legislative Council. Throughout the history of Hong Kong, there has never been a level playing field.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 3:14am

In praise of rote learning

When the best route is learning by rote

I am mathematically challenged. When I was in secondary school and university, I had no idea about the many long equations we had to memorise or the meanings of the symbols and their relationships.

29 Nov 2012 - 6:59am 13 comments


Revision is more than memorising

I attach great importance to my studies. I understand the value of doing revision to get good results in tests or exams.

But I also believe that you won't always get good results just because you have done a lot of revision. That's because revision means more than just memorising.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Classically framed

Teachers at Luming School in eastern Shenzhen start every class with the same instruction: 'Children, read after me.'

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

In praise of learning and memorising hard

It's not uncommon to see students stay awake for insanely long periods of time, especially when out partying and enjoying themselves.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Pushing the envelope on learning

On a stage crowded with 40 lively children, two-year-old Luna Belza swayed to Chinese music and belted out nursery rhymes with gusto. She was the youngest participant of a study trip to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing earlier this year.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


Put a stop to illegal use of rural land

I am writing in relation to the use of government land being cleared for private development in Tai Long Sai Wan. This case sparked heated debate about the loopholes in the law that allow the exploitation of our country parks.

I see three problems with the government's land policy that need to be tackled.

9 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

No model answers for liberal studies

Liberal studies is one of the core subjects under the reformed education system. It is aimed at developing students' critical thinking skills through in-depth analysis of various issues.

But some students have rushed to join tutorial schools which provide model answers for liberal studies. It seems they have not grasped the true essence of this important subject.

17 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Education reforms must set bar higher for tutors

If students learn by rote and memorisation, they may lack the analytical, communication and creative abilities needed to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Hopefully such outdated teaching and learning practices will eventually become a thing of the past under Hong Kong's education reforms, with more emphasis placed on critical-thinking skills. But old habits die hard.

30 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Wear the shoes that fit

We all feel uncomfortable when we wear shoes that don't quite fit. With the right shoes, we can run and skip. With the wrong ones, simply walking is slow and painful. I think the same applies to choosing a career - we need to find one that fits.

8 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Record number of students sit down to make-or-break exam

A record 10 million students will hit exam halls across the mainland today for the two-day, make-or-break college entrance exam which marks its 30th anniversary this year.

They will compete for just 5.7 million places in the National College Entrance Examination, or gaokao, Xinhua reported.

7 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Have your say

Work on your family relationships

I would like to express my views on the relationship between parents and children.

Teenagers often don't have a good relationship with their parents.

When their parents ask them about what they are doing or about their school work, they get annoyed and snap at their mum or dad.

17 May 2007 - 12:00am

Kindergartens criticised over tests, rote learning

Paper tests and rote learning remain common in kindergartens despite government attempts to promote less intensive teaching methods, inspection reports released yesterday show.

Many kindergartens were taken to task for teaching children to write too early, while at least two were criticised for relying on 'robotic' writing exercises.

15 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

The smart way to gain entry into the corporate world

THE SIXTEEN STUDENT finalists of the ACCA Hong Kong Job-hunting Competition are now better prepared for their dream job, thanks to the career planning workshop held at the beginning of the month.

The workshop was designed to enhance the students' skills and knowledge of resume preparation, interview techniques, public speaking and language proficiency.

22 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Active English makes learning fun

Many people say the English standard of Hong Kong students is declining because of problems in the educational system, but I don't agree.

Learning English is a complicated process. It needs effort from both teachers and students. And the students themselves have to show a keen interest in learning. We can't blame only the Government.

13 Sep 1998 - 12:00am