Student feature – students from the Class of 2021 share their experiences of studying at SISHK and IBDP.
Oscar Tan – Class of 2021, IBDP
Co-director of Equinox (charity fashion show)
Member of the Muze Committee
Member of the Community Council
Best in Music SL
Q. How long have you been studying at SISHK?
Q. What is your advice for students who want to join or currently studying in the IBDP?
The IBDP curriculum is a long, challenging journey. Therefore, if you would like to join or are currently studying in the IBDP, my advice is to stay resilient throughout the process, as well as manage your time well.
Q. What was the highlight of your IB journey at the school in the last two years?
During the study break, it was quite pleasant to see all my friends coming to school together every day, forming study groups, revising and making notes together.
Q. What is your studying strategy?
I first skim-read textbooks and old notes, then I went through them in detail while making notes simultaneously. Afterwards, I began doing as many past papers as possible. Whenever I came across a difficult question, I would take a photo and paste it into a file collating all my mistakes that I go through during one-to-one consultations with my teachers.
Q. What are some of the mistakes that you have made that you would not make again?
Procrastinating, and not organising my time wisely
Q. How did the teachers support you during the IB programme?
Whether it was not giving up on me when I started the DP1 year with terrible results, giving me countless one-to-one consultations during the study break, or even staying past 7:30 pm to help me with my Internal assessments (IAs), the teachers were extremely supportive during the IB programme.
Q. How would you describe the student life and student leadership opportunities in SISHK?
The students in SISHK are all caring and friendly, providing a very inclusive and harmonious student life. Regarding the student leadership opportunities, there are also an array of options one could choose from, ranging from performing arts committees such as Muze to sports committees such as the Athletic Council.
Q. Can you share more about your university admissions experience?
At SISHK, you couldn’t ask for a better University Counselling team. Throughout my admissions experience, they provided lots of guidance on personal statements, and the choice of universities that best fit my interests and needs.
Q. What is the one thing that you will miss after leaving SISHK?
Definitely, the cohesive community, as our cohort size is relatively small, we all get along with each other very well and are always there for each other when we need assistance.
Q. What are you planning to study after IB?
A double degree in business and law
Q. What is one part of the school that you would like to see preserved and not changed?
The science garden
Q. Any last words of advice for your juniors?
Manage your time wisely, work hard play hard!