Encouraging Students to Love Reading
After hours in the school classroom and more hours of private tuition, how do parents and educators convince students to read for pleasure outside of class? More importantly, how do we encourage children to read meaningfully?
Socrates and the IBDP student
Even though the International Baccalaureate has been trying to expand its reach to schools across the world, not many IB World schools in Hong Kong offer the PYP, or the MYP. Many aspiring IBDP students thus have to take most courses under the local curriculum, which, despite many reforms, still features an overarching emphasis on rote learning, and limits students from becoming critical thinkers, and by extension, world citizens.
Top Tips for GCSE (and iGCSE) Exam Technique
Developing your exam skills.
Some of the most common mistakes that Bridgepoint’s tutors see relate to exam technique. So many marks are lost by students who have not read the question properly and answer the question they thought they read, or wanted to read.
Here are a few tips about relating to GCSE exam technique.
Tips for Writing Personal Statements
With so many getting excellent grades on their HKDSEs and assorted standardized tests, as well as participating in a laundry list of extra-curricular activities, it is progressively getting more difficult for applicants to differentiate themselves from the crowd. That is where the humble personal statement comes in: a personal statement is a piece of writing that allows you to tell the universities you are applying to why they should offer you a place on their course.
The Case for Learning Latin in the 21st Century
It is the lot of every Latin teacher to answer, each and every year, the same tedious question from the class wise guy: “What’s the point of learning a dead language like Latin?”
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.