Student Blog

  • Co-Curricular Activities at YCIS Shanghai and the Power of Gamification

    When I was in Year 7, I was introduced to the Creativity, Action and Service programme (CAS) and the idea of working on projects aimed at improving our society. This got me thinking: “What would be something that I could do to directly contribute to the YCIS community, while also helping me develop my skillsets, such as planning and leadership?” I wanted to create something that was both fun and educational. 

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  • My Favourite Places to Study on Campus

    I really like that our school offers so many places where we can work in private. So, every time I study, I try to find a quiet place without too many people.

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  • Exploring Opportunities for Innovation in Design & Technology

    Last summer, I participated in the Design and Technology summer camp that was provided by my school, YCIS Shanghai, Pudong. Design and Technology (DT) has always been one of my favourite subjects, and I was overjoyed to get to spend almost two whole weeks doing just that. From the start of the camp, I knew I wanted to make a coffee table, except I wanted it to be modern, unique and different from all the others out there. Some research led me to an idea of a river table, which is a wooden table with a resin “river” running through it. The only catch was, although we had the materials to do so, I would be the first student to make a table using resin like this. 

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  • Opportunities for Leadership at YCIS Shanghai

    When I began attending YCIS Shanghai in August of 2015, I was open to many opportunities for developing leadership skills. 

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  • My Top Five Chinese Snacks

    Living in China provides so many opportunities to try new and exciting foods. Here are some of my favourite snacks that I can enjoy in China.

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  • Applying Economic and Business Knowledge at Summer Tournament

    From August 1­–5, six YCIS Shanghai schoolmates and I participated in the ASDAN Business Simulation Open Tournament in Songjiang, Shanghai, and it was the highlight of my summer.

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  • 5 Top Tips for Students Preparing for External Exams

    For Secondary students, it can feel like the rainy days of April bring along a sign: exams are coming! External exams for the International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) are a culmination of our academic journeys in Year 11 and Year 13 respectively. Everything that we have learned over the course of two years is concluded with these tests. In order to prepare well in advance for the exams to keep stress at bay, here are a few study tips that I hope will be helpful:

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  • Chinese Classes at YCIS Shanghai

    Chinese class at YCIS is one of the most important classes I have. Living in an ever-expanding world, having a grasp of languages is already a necessity, and this will be the case even more so in the future. Chinese, being the most widely spoken language in the world (spoken by 918 million people), should be one of the first language choices by anyone on this planet. Compared to other languages, being able to speak Chinese is also going to give you a lot more choices for success in the future.

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  • The 5 Best Things About My Teachers at YCIS Pudong

    The first thing I’d like to mention is that my teachers are very knowledgeable about their subjects. They know what they need to know in order to teach the subject, but that’s not all. My teachers go above and beyond the syllabus — that’s just a testament to how much they know.

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