I Miss Being a Student, but Learning Doesn’t Take Place Solely At Schools

When I was a school kid, I was one of those conscientious ones who put school work first and everything else second.

Now that I have left the campus for years, I have a constant feeling of missing out one of the most important thing in my life — learning.

I do read almost every day, but reading is part of learning only when I narrow down my materials onto one or two topics, otherwise it can only be counted as leisure reading.

Here is a contention of mine: Learning  doesn’t stop just because we aren’t at schools, and the identity as a student isn’t school bound either.

Think about it. What do we get from a course offered by an education institue?

1. teachers (to answer our questions, to assign and grade our assignments)

2.curricula and timetables (to track learning progress)

3. a bunch of course mates (to encourage each other, if one is lucky)

Well, we can actually prepare all these (thanks to the marvellous Internet) on our own — with other benefits as below:

1. Some teachers at school just don’t just don’t click with us. We could pick and follow our favourite gurus online instead.

2. We don’t need to farce our essays for the sake of meeting a deadline. We could work at our own pace.

3. No classroom drama or distractions.

The only thing we don’t get unless we enrol in a course is a certificate of recognized qualification, but this too, can be eclipsed by your achievements and portfolios.

Steps to take if you want to learn on your own.

1. Hire a coach online

2. Set a daily, weekly, monthly and yeartly timetable

3. Use online database and the library

4. Keep a blog or YouTube channel to share what you’ve learnt

5. Most important of all, have some self discipline







📐📏教學心得📐📏The Limitation of Grammar Books 為甚麼光看文法書不能學好英文?

Books with pages and pages full of bulletin points and lists are easy to write, but may not be as easily absorbed, because the mind isn’t programmed to pick up a language in a military way.

I’ve read so many well edited grammar handbooks which come with formulas, tables, charts and lists throughly explaining each grammar item. While such great materials are so abundant and widely available, the average English proficiency of Hong Kong students isn’t as impressive.

I believe the reason is this: English learners learn through correcting their own mistakes, instead of referring perfect examples on the manuals.

Here I’d like to share three quotes from French Women For All Seasons:

  • “A lifestyle is a set of behaviours by which you adopt lasting principles and embody certain values.”
  • “A book is a thing to be read and absorbed over time. To read a book is to try on a different way of thinking.”
  • “No one point on its own, or even listed together, gives a complete picture.”







📐📏教學心得📐📏從irregular verbs談到臨急抱佛腳




英文科也有類似的情況。basic form -> simple past -> past participle不是記住【ed尾 -> ed尾 -> en尾】這個公式就ok嗎?為甚麼殺出 steal -> stole -> stolen?明明grab的過去分詞(grabbed)要double B,play的過去分詞(played)不用double Y?

曾花約兩年時間學韓文,但始終學不好,因為它的不規則動詞比英文還要多很多倍。(加上learning incentive亦隨對韓國藝能界的興趣而退減。)


成績優異的學生在授課時已思考exceptional case(例外)何以exceptional,而一般學生在考試前一兩天才打開課本。課題簡單,變化不多的話,臨考前才溫習也不難過關,但面對章法不一的課題,得用雙倍甚或更多的時間才能記得牢。



我提出exceptional case之於學習的考驗是想提醒學生們每天溫習的必要性。







📐📏十年補習心得📐📏孩子的學習成效有certain %取決於家長




– 只是測驗考試前溫習,其餘時間核對功課,講解錯處,找相關的練習操練


– 按照學校教授grammar items的次序來跟學生補習。

(usage那份卷滿分又怎樣,listening speaking reading考核的才不是一兩個特定的grammar items)


– 講解學校未教的grammar items


(教科書會就該章的target grammar items編寫,課外讀物則涵蓋現實生活中所運用的各種句式及grammar rules中的例外)

– 完成reading comprehension後,挑選合乎學生英文程度的詞語,並叫他們作句 (句子不能過短,否則無法判斷學生是否真的懂得該詞語)

– 每星期批改作文 (保留學生原有意思,改寫成更優秀的expressions)

– 看報刊文章 (學習專有名詞,如水貨客,又能熟知時事,順便溫習通識)

– 借外語電影DVDs給學生 (多聽外國人說的道地英語)