Why pub­lish the ‘CSEC Study Guide’ for high-school stu­dents?

Jamaica Gleaner - - YOUNG LEADER SHARES EXPERIENCE - Suzette Hart AS­SIS­TANT YOUTHLINK CO­OR­DI­NA­TOR

THIS IS the most in­ter­est­ing cen­tury in which to learn any­thing; it has over­thrown the Re­nais­sance in the 15th Cen­tury, as it per­tains to in­flu­ence and im­pact. The In­ter­net has made learn­ing ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able to so many. It has also trans­formed the way we learn into a more con­ve­nient and ef­fec­tive way. With the aid of a smart­phone or tablet, learn­ers are no longer re­stricted to a spe­cific area, such as a study room, to learn con­tent. In Ja­maica, the day is also quickly com­ing when many stu­dents won’t be bur­dened with car­ry­ing mul­ti­ple text­books in their bags. In­stead, the con­tent will be stored as pdf files on their smart de­vices. I re­mem­ber how stren­u­ous it was for me to walk around with a 30lb back­pack for an en­tire day. I also have the back pains to prove it.

What’s even more in­trigu­ing is the man­ner in which a lot of in­for­ma­tion is now de­liv­ered. With the ad­vent of apps and in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing mech­a­nisms such as smart­boards, learn­ers can be en­gaged in a more im­mer­sive man­ner. No longer are we en­gaged with words only; there is now video con­tent, and in some cases, tac­tile in­ter­ac­tion, to in­cor­po­rate more of our senses. YOUTHLINK’S GOAL is to en­lighten read­ers, es­pe­cially high-school stu­dents. We in­form them through con­struc­tive, knowl­edge-based, ed­u­ca­tion-re­lated ar­ti­cles such as School Re­view, Techno, En­ter­tain­ment, The Fun Page, and most im­por­tant, the Caribbean Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tion Cer­tifi­cate(CSEC) Study Guide. The best way to build a na­tion is through a solid ed­u­ca­tional foun­da­tion, and Youthlink as­sists its read­ers in this re­gard by giv­ing them con­tent that is credible and in­sight­ful.

With a com­pet­i­tive aca­demic mar­ket, we un­der­stand that hav­ing an ad­van­tage counts, and this is where our Study Guide comes in. We have also lis­tened to many of our read­ers and have re­cently added two CAPE sub­jects (Caribbean Stud­ies and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Stud­ies) to the 12 CSEC lessons we al­ready of­fer. We try to make them easy to read and read­ily un­der­stood. Our aim is to build stu­dents’ con­fi­dence be­fore and dur­ing an exam.

In or­der to help our stu­dents to bet­ter ma­tric­u­late to the next level of their aca­demic life, which is an­other of our de­sires, we pro­vide

Take for ex­am­ple vir­tual re­al­ity (VR). Imag­ine us­ing a VR head­set in a Ge­og­ra­phy class about the Eif­fel Tower in Paris, where the learner can turn and view the tower from mul­ti­ple an­gles while lis­ten­ing to a nar­ra­tion about it. The ex­pe­ri­ence also al­lows him to see the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment as well as an­a­lyse the in­fra­struc­ture of the tower. Com­pare such an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence to the tra­di­tional method of lis­ten­ing to a teacher ex­plain what the Eif­fel Tower is while point­ing to a static im­age in a book. Not only is this op­tion be­yond bor­ing, but it is not as en­gag­ing, which will af­fect the learner’s abil­ity to re­mem­ber much about it.

This is the fu­ture of learn­ing; one that is ex­cit­ing and en­gag­ing.

The best type of learn­ing is done when we en­gage as many of the senses as pos­si­ble. The rapid change in tech­nol­ogy is putting to death the mun­dane task of sit­ting and read­ing a book, which is out­dated, in com­par­i­son to more in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing tools.

SUZETTE HART

them with ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers who cre­ate in­sight­ful, use­ful lessons to un­lock com­plex aca­demic top­ics.

As it per­tains to our edi­to­rial con­tent, we are constantly look­ing for sto­ries that are in­ter­est­ing and will en­gage our read­ers in a man­ner that will pro­voke thought. Some of our con­tent will also help read­ers to de­velop a greater scope on per­ti­nent sub­ject mat­ters fac­ing teens. Most re­cently, we had to ad­dress the is­sue of cy­ber­bul­ly­ing, which has be­come ex­tremely pop­u­lar due to the per­va­sive­ness of so­cial me­dia. Teens are now be­ing ex­posed to is­sues such as fat sham­ing, wherein some­one is made to feel em­bar­rassed be­cause of his or her weight. By ad­dress­ing such is­sues, we help vic­tims to avoid these sit­u­a­tions and sen­si­tise the per­pe­tra­tors to the feel­ings of oth­ers.

Youthlink is a pow­er­ful medium for in­form­ing and guid­ing youths, and we en­cour­age teenagers to take full ad­van­tage of the prod­uct. The magazine is pub­lished ev­ery week and can be found in the Tues­day Gleaner. The CSEC Study Guide is al­ways placed in the cen­tre of the Youthlink. Web­site: www.youth­link­ja­maica.com Face­book: www.face­book.com/Youth­link­Ja­maica Twit­ter: twit­ter.com/Youth­linkMag In­sta­gram: www.in­sta­gram.com/youth­linkmag

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