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Youthlink CSEC seminar hailed as informative, helpful

Published:Monday | March 26, 2012 | 12:00 AM
English language teacher and lecturer Godfrey Stewart (right) give pointers to students who participated in The Gleaner's Youthlink Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examination Techniques Seminar in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland , last Thursday. - PHOTO BY SHEENA GAYLE

Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer


HIGH-SCHOOL students in Westmoreland last Thursday grasped the opportunity to sharpen their skills in Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) mathematics and English language as The Gleaner's Youthlink hosted students to a CSEC seminar on exams techniques in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.

Janiele Davis of Belmont Academy explained: "I am happy we were able to participate in the session as I got a lot of information from the English session. I enjoyed the math session too, as it was very interactive. For our school, it is a big deal because we are a new school. So doing well in our CSEC exams would be a good look for us and the school."

With the limited time that students now have to prepare for the examinations, which will be held May and June, Janiele further commended The Gleaner's Youthlink for giving students an opportunity to discuss their concerns in such a forum.

Youthlink's CSEC Examination Techniques Seminar culminated in Montego Bay last Friday.

André Campbell, a teacher at Rhodes Hall High School, welcomed the educational initiative, adding that the information from both sessions was educational.

"As it relates to the math session, I thought it was very interactive. The visual-aid usage was very good, especially for that subject. The English session was good also ... . I gladly welcome it and the students were very engaged," he said.

The seminar in western Jamaica offered both math and English sessions, but it was mathematics teacher Howard Atkins who offered an entertaining component to his lecture.

Atkins emphasised that students practise past papers in order to familiarise themselves with the format of the CSEC exams.

"Revision is a very important component of doing well on your exams, especially with mathematics that requires a lot of practice. Use student groups and past papers to help you, and if you don't know something just ask. Your teachers are there to help you," he reiterated.

He further said it was important that students are well rested before they sit their examinations.