Analysing poetry – say what?
You’ve read it. And read it again. Possibly even read it a third, equally incomprehensible time if you’re feeling really desperate. It is still, essentially, a seemingly random collection of words on a page. And you’ve got to ‘analyse’ it. Great. Actually, I’m here to tell you that, yes! It really is great! Because the freedom of a seemingly random collection of words on a page means that you get to come up with your very own, unique interpretation. Here are some tips to help you get your ‘poetry hat’ on.
SAT Test Taking Tips
Before high school graduation, many students share common experiences such as learning how to ride a bike and racing to meet deadlines for certain pieces of homework, but none of them strike as much fear into their hearts as taking the SAT for US university admissions. The SAT is an unforgiving four hour exam required for admission to many universities in the United States. With college admission rates sinking even lower, the SAT I is a hurdle for millions of hopeful students dreaming of the American college experience. ARCH Education SAT instructor, Tiffany Chen, shares with us some tips to help students tackle the SAT.
Merits of Mock Trial
Standing in the courtroom dock, Jan Wilson starts sweating. He stands accused of murdering his own employee after a scuffle, and Wilson knows the case against him is strong. The worst part is that after the trial is over, he will have to do it all over again—but next time, as the prosecuting attorney. What is going here?
After all, Hong Kong courtrooms do not retry cases on a whim, and defendants certainly do not switch sides. But in a mock trial courtroom, such things are the order of the day. At a mock trial, students act in different roles – barristers, witnesses, defendants – and try to persuade the presiding judge to give them a favourable verdict. The aim is for students to learn and apply the principles of law and trial advocacy. For local students in Hong Kong, mock trial provides valuable training for the HKDSE.
Reading between the lines
Many a student has looked at comprehension worksheets with horror and chagrin, complaining silently to him or herself that the teachers keep on asking hard, unanswerable questions related to the passages assigned. We all have poked fun at how literature is usually portrayed as being incredibly difficult to understand – and true, literature needn’t be complicated – but it is not enough to just understand the literal meaning of words; we have to try to go deeper in order to fully appreciate the many layers of stories, and by extension, the heart of human existence.