Students welcome CSEC seminar
More than 300 students representing approximately eight schools across central Jamaica, gathered at the Ridgemount United Church on Wednesday to participate in the Gleaner's Youthlink CSEC Seminar.
With mathematics, English language and English literature being the focus, students were actively engaged in the discussions and took copious notes as the presenters introduced effective methods for ultimate learning.
Mathematics teacher at Albert Town High in Trelawny, Rosemarie Holmes-McLean, said the seminar is one of the many ways she helps her students to grasp concepts.
"We have internal intervention programmes where we have students stay over extra time on particular days, especially because it's a shift school, so we have to secure all the time we can to work on target areas ... some of our students are weak in vectors and trigonometry, but are strong in calculations," Holmes-McLean said.
She added: "In order to have them grasp the lessons, we take them to seminars such as this, we also have what is called a smart board, students are allowed to watch YouTube videos that speak to the particular topic area, and then they are allowed to relay what was learnt to other students, and it has been a very effective method."
Dula Hepburn, English teacher, Bellefield High School, said she is confident that her students will perform better this year.
"They do well in the narrative and the persuasive writing, and coming to this seminar has enabled them to apply techniques ... . Last year, I sent up some grade 10 students, and I remember one got a grade one and others got grades two and three, so it has helped," she told The Gleaner.
Among the 36 students who represented Bellefield High School, deputy head boy Michael Hall, who has been recommended for 10 subjects, believes in being proactive and getting in as much as he can.
"I am in fourth form now, so I won't be taking exams until next year, but I have been gathering past papers and practising them. I'm also grateful for this seminar, especially the morning session of English ... learning about the different techniques, and the time that should be spent on each question."
Meanwhile, Victor Dixon High student Chad Coke is getting ready to apply all he has learnt come this May.
"The tips today will really help me in summary writing and comprehension. There are things I learnt today that I didn't know before coming here, and so I'm looking forward to applying them come May," Coke said.