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拗柴專家

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Posted on April 10, 2013 by

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有同事上週末拗柴(扭傷足踝),一拐一拐回來。作為拗柴專家,我很樂意和她分享我的經驗和心得。我一般會先以西方療法處理,即時用冰敷,再去看跌打。曾在陽明山遠足時拗柴,沒有冰,唯有在便利店買了兩罐冰凍汽水,在街頭即時凍療,好不狼狽。

每次拗柴,身旁人士(家人或朋友)總會問為何會拗柴?或為何經常那麼「論盡」?又或為何不小心點好好走路?

其實此時此刻,當事人(不論年紀大與小)只需要慰問和實際幫忙,而不是檢討事發原因、經過、或者責任。這些「避免再發生同樣事情」的訓話雖出於善意,大可以在事後冷靜下來的時候才慢慢講。

文憑試已開始了,相信同學的處境和拗柴的我差不多。不管已考的科目考得好壞,未考的科目是否準備足夠,此時此刻,同學們需要的正正是支持和鼓勵,需要大量正能量。

年青人可能表面酷酷(cool)的,貌似不需要慰問關心,其實心底總會緊張,或多或少總有壓力。在這考試關鍵時期,家長們請盡情表達關心之情,抱一抱、笑一笑、煲愛心靚湯、預備他們愛吃的餸菜、說鼓勵安慰的話……各適其適自由發揮,重要的是讓他們知道無論成績好壞,總有你的支持。

同學們,加油呀!

Betty Law
科大本科招生及入學事務處副處長
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ustbetty

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春聯: 自動自覺溫功課 不知不覺考入咗 (二)

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Posted on February 19, 2013 by

昨天說到家長如何協助子女入讀心儀大學,說到尾家長如何投入,入學最終還看學生本人。

除了家長日常與子女的相處,學生只要稍稍改變自己的讀書習慣,亦有助輕鬆踏進大學之門。

在大學工作,讓我有機會接觸不同的教授。之前聽過科大風險管理及商業智能學課程主任蘇家培教授的建議,相信對各位準大學生也很有用︰

  • 善用時間;
  • 保持好奇心 — 例如:多讀書、多發問;
  • 注重家課的質多於量;
  • 持續培養創意;
  • 留意身邊世事 — 例如:養成每天閱報習慣;
  • 改善溝通技巧 — 例如:多與別人討論有趣話題,或參與社會服務等。

看起來並不算艱難。這小小的改變,正是你成功的開始。

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巧合剛看到高皓著的《通向大學之路》,當中提到的「平日當考試,考試當平時」說得很中,實值得分享。

高皓提到平日做功課或做練習時都當作考試一般看待,迫自己在限定時間內完成。由於時間所限,你必定會專心一致地完成題目,不知不覺中提高了你理解問題和作答的速度。這樣更可做到蘇教授所說的善用時間。習慣成自然,當你坐在考試桌前,便不用緊張,因為根本和你平日做功課時無異。

在壓力下做事,誰都總會較容易失手。就由今天開始,把自己裝備好,在重要關頭,從容不迫地面對,必定事半功倍,發揮自如,輕鬆過關。

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Betty Law
科大本科招生及入學事務處副處長
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ustbetty

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A Dream Program vs A Choice within Reach

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Posted on February 1, 2013 by

A principal asked me to encourage her students to aim high in a JUPAS talk. I love encouraging young persons (including my own girl) to dream big.

When it comes to the distressing time to finalize the  JUPAS program choices, it is not uncommon that students forgo their dream and settle for a “safe” No.1 choice. There is nothing wrong to think of choices within reach. However, is it a rational decision to put a “safe but not preferred” choice on the very top of the list?

A One-Million-Dollar Question
A safe choice probably means “sure win” to you if you put it as the No. 1 choice. What if you change it as the No. 2 or No. 3 choice instead? The answer of “lowering the chance” seems too obvious. But, let me tell you that it will not be lowered. There is nothing to lose if you put the more preferred choices before it as long as you keep it in Band A.

You got to trust me on this!

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Simply put your dream programs (best to be JS50XX) as your top Band A choices. Don’t underestimate your ability. Don’t give up your dream too easily. Every year, it is heartbreaking to see strong candidates lacking the confidence to put UST high on their JUPAS list.

Call for Action
I do not want to see you getting stuck with an unwanted No. 1 choice! So, get the JUPAS process work for you.

Action 1 (before mid-July): Check out how the JUPAS iteration works vs your perception. (http://www.jupas.edu.hk/en/j4/useful-material –> “flash demonstration” –> go to “process”.)
Action 2 (when HKDSE results are out): Do not replace your No. 1 dream program with a “safe but not preferred” choice. Your chance of getting into a UST program could be much higher than what you perceive. We recruit 400+ or 600+ into JS5001, JS5002 and JS5003. The large intake is an important PLUS factor for you. And, when you look at the median score for last year, note that there are still 2-3 hundreds below this line who managed to get in.

Betty Law
Associate Director, Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions Office, HKUST
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