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Hong Kong Education

The Hong Kong education and schooling system explained
This article gives an overview of the Hong Kong education system from kindergarten to adult education. The article explains some of the history of the education system in Hong Kong and explains the alternatives that are available in both the local schooling system and at the International schools located in Hong Kong. Read More..

Hong Kong International Schools Crisis… and what you can do about it.
The English-language press (and quite possibly the Cantonese press as well) has recently been jammed with articles concerning the difficulty of placing children in the International schooling system in Hong Kong. It seems the market has outwitted the analysts in the world’s foremost market-driven, nay obsessed, society; and it is a school-boy error. Demand has outstripped supply. Plain and simple. There is a solution... Read More..

International Baccalaureate (IB) explained
With the increasing trend in Hong Kong for International Schools and ESF (English Schools Foundation) schools to switch from country specific syllabuses to the IB many in Hong Kong have been left asking questions about what exactly the IB is and what it offers. Read More..

Different exams

Preparing for the SAT in Hong Kong
The SAT reasoning and subject tests are extremely important for students who wish to study in the USA. Being well prepared is the best way to get the score you need to get into the university or college you want. This article gives practical information and advice for Hong Kong students who wish to sit this exam. Read More..

The UK Common Entrance Exam 11+ 13+ explained
The Common Entrance Examination has traditionally formed the basis of entry to independent senior schools in the United Kingdom. The following article explains what is involved in this examination and how it relates to Hong Kong students. Read More..

The IELTS exam explained.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an exam which gauges English language proficiency. An IELTS score is required for a range of different purposes – as a stepping stone to immigration status in certain countries, as an entry requirement for studying in an overseas secondary or tertiary institution, and as an indication of your English level when applying for a job. Read More..

The Cambridge Young Learners’ Examinations.
The Cambridge Young Learners’ Examinations are the three earliest examinations in the Cambridge Suite. These examinations have been designed for children between the ages of 7 and 12, and are generally taken by children who have been learning English as their second language. Read More..

Study advice

41 tips and strategies to help students get an 'A' grade
The article is written to help students implement some simple general tips, techniques and strategies aimed at improving their grades. The methods are not subject specific or assessment task specific. All students would benefit from reading this article. Read More..

How to write a good research paper, coursework or extended essay considering the rubric requirements.
It is important when writing a research paper, extended essay or other coursework requirement to research the paper's rubric requirements. By looking at how the piece of work will be assessed it is possible to improve your grade. Read More..

Be an achiever - Improve your chances of success
This article is designed to give students some insight in to basic life planning theory. Planning for life helps students focus more on their immediate goals as well as considering these things in the bigger context of where they want to be in the future. Read More..

Where's your information coming from?
How to critically appraise the sources of your information The use of information sources is of critical importance when writing any type of academic paper. But not all sources are of equal worth. This article gives some useful advice on methods that can be used to try to ensure the sources that are used are credible and reliable. This is both for written material and the internet. Read More..

Lectures preparing, delivering and getting the most out of attending one
This article is written to give practical advice to students on how to go about getting prepared to give a lecture or presentation. Then some tips and advice on how to give the lecture or presentation are offered. Finally a few practical suggestions are made for students on how to get the most out of attending a lecture or presentation. Read More..

Subject specific

The Benefits and Opportunities that come from learning another language
Considering learning another language. There a many very good reason to do so. Which language should you learn: Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Cantonese or one of the other of the 100s out there. If you thinking about languages you really should read this article. Read More..

Why study physics and is physics relevant?
Physics is the science that attempts to describe how Nature works using the language of mathematics. It is often considered the most fundamental of all the natural sciences and its theories attempt to describe the behavior of the smallest building blocks of matter, light, the Universe and everything in between. Read More..

The reasons why a student should study English literature.
There are very good reasons for the study of English Literature by students in Hong Kong. This article explains why students should consider choosing to study English literature. Read More..

The importance of business English in Hong Kong
Today, we are living in a ‘Global Community’. People correspond with others from around the globe on a regular basis, products are bought and sold, and services are provided globally. The English language has inarguably achieved a major role in this “globalization” and it has become the prime language of choice for communication by many different nationalities. Read More..

The advantages of using a computerized accounting package such as MYOB accounting software.
There are many advantages for a business to computerize their accounts. Small and medium sized businesses can now buy ‘off the shelf’ accounting programs at remarkably low cost. Larger businesses will often have customized programs made for their business. The accounting programs carry out functions such as invoicing, dealing with payments, paying wages and providing regular accounting reports such as trading and profit and loss accounts and balance sheets. Read More..

The Native English Teacher - NET scheme in Hong Kong.
The Native-speaking English Teachers’ (NET) scheme was established at the beginning of the 1998 academic year. What is it and how does it work? The views of a former NET teacher. Read More..

General interest

The 50 things we love about Hong Kong
After seven years of living in Hong Kong my wife and myself gained our permanent HK ID cards. We decided to write down the fifty things we most liked about living in Hong Kong. I’m sure once you’ve read this, you will see that the “livability” factor in Hong Kong should be extremely high. It’s a great place. Read More..

Globalisation - Wealth, poverty and sustainability
This article examines the globalisation process and considers its effects on both the developed and developing world. The differing views as to the sustainability of globalisation are discussed. Some of the biggest obstacles or dangers to globalisation are also considered. Any people interested in the issues that surround globalisation should take the time to read this article. Read More..

Choosing and getting the career that is right for you
Choosing the right career is extremely important. A person will spend a considerable amount of their waking time working in the industry area they choose. This means it is so very important to choose the right career at an early stage. Once the choice has been made then the hard work really starts. How do you get the start in the career you want? Read More..

A First Class Journey – once you’ve got the AMG
This article gives a philosophical overview of the journey of life. It raises some interesting and different perspectives on a person’s goals and ambitions. Read More..

Raising money for a business venture in Hong Kong
This is the text of a talk given at the Women's Business Owners Club (WOBC) in Hong Kong by Gary Hadler. It includes useful tips and ideas on how to raise funds. There is also a basic outline of how to put together a presentation to potential lenders or investors and how to write a business plan.
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A comprehensive guide to recognising and solving problems
Due to the large response I have had to the few articles I have published on my site relating to problems and problem solving I have decided to publish a brief outline of a series of lectures I have given on this topic. The articles included here are based on my notes from a course I used to run in management training. The focus of these articles is for management but many of the principles and suggestions apply equally well to students and others when faced with a problem. Read More..

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