Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Friday, April 18, 2014   



Top tips for stressful courses
No subject is easy to study at tertiary level but there are certain university courses that strike fear into the hearts of even the bravest and smartest undergraduates. So you've been admitted to a prestigious course - maybe law, medicine, economics, architecture - and you feel great, but now you have to stay there.

Elite for the masses
Chauffeured luxury cars parked outside elite direct subsidy scheme schools have been used to highlight the socioeconomic class of some of the students.

Top of the tables again
Last December, Shanghai was again named best in the world in the Program for International Student Assessment test (www.oecd.org/pisa/), a global system for assessing the maths, reading and science skills of some 510,000 secondary school pupils, run by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Oceans of knowledge
It takes a keen observer to notice the mischievously still ribbon pipehorse posing as a strand of seaweed in the ocean. The long slender creature is usually found in coral reefs near Indonesia and Australia, munching on plankton.

Sitting for the new SAT
Last month, the first significant changes to the SAT were announced since 2005.

A day in my life
I am beginning to slip into routine now. I get up at about 7.20 in the morning. It takes me about 20 minutes to get washed and changed. I always message my friends and family during this time.

A sporting chance
In the Bollywood movie 3 Idiots, the head of an engineering college asks his newborn grandson, who had been kicking hard in the womb, if he wants to become a football player. If Form Five student Jeffrey Lee Wing-chun had been asked the same question, he would have given a resounding yes.

Science and sisterhood
It's discouraging to note that in this day and age we are still having conversations about gender equality. A gender-based earnings gap still exists in many industries, equal maternity and paternity rights remain a pipe dream in many countries, and even education contains a myriad of problems.

Follow the leader
As consumers, we all want durable products that can last us a lifetime. But from a company's point of view, the longer it takes for a product to wear out, the less likely it is that the next one sitting on the shelf will sell.

IB, A-levels and me
After receiving numerous inquiries, this week we are revisiting the difference between the International Baccalaureate and A-level curriculums.



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