High marks for Youthlink CSEC seminar in MoBay
The 16th anniversary staging of The Gleaner's Youthlink CSEC Seminar was well received, as the presentations highlighted ways to improve students' study habits and examination results in English Language and Mathematics.
Held at the Holy Trinity Church Auditorium in Montego Bay, St James on Wednesday, schools represented at the seminar included Irwin High, Maldon High and Anchovy High from St James; Hopewell High and Merlene Ottey High from Hanover; and William Knibb Memorial High from Trelawny.
Latoya Corke, an English teacher from Hopewell High School, praised the seminar for being informative and engaging for the students.
"The tips were informative, and the students were engaged for the most part. Overall, I think that the speaker was well informed, and I think it is a good venture," said Corke. "The only thing that I thought was lacking is that I thought more schools could have attended and participated, because coming together and sharing ideas and meeting with other schools, just to see that you are on the same wavelength, would have been good for the students."
For Shalamara Waldron, a mathe-matics teacher from William Knibb Memorial High School, the Math seminar earned high marks.
"Today was a very excellent seminar. The speaker [for the maths presentation] targeted the areas that most of the students tend to be weak at, and I think that it was well put together and well presented, and this seminar is something that all schools should participate in," said Waldron.
The students took part in interactive sessions that covered reviews of the critical components for this year's Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) English Language and Mathematics examinations. Topics covered included division of time for each section of the exam papers, syllabus structure and format, and best practices during the sitting.
Cheveane McKenzie, a student of Merlene Ottey High, praised the seminar for helping her to identify some of her weak areas and how to improve on them.
"The seminar has educated me very much. I have learnt some things that I have been making some mistakes on, and I have now learnt how to improve on them. I feel more confident moving into the exams," said McKenzie.