Finally finished my IB exams in May, which lasts for three weeks. The most painful week was the first week in May, because I need to write my Biology, Math and English papers together. However, after the first week, I only had my Chemistry, Chinese and Geography left. Therefore, I could spent more time on studying other three subjects.
Chemistry exam is the one that I find is challenging for me, because it is my weakness. Paper 1 was time-limited, so I could not have much time to check my answer and paper 2 was not hard but was different from what I expected. Paper 3 was good for me, as most of the questions can be memorized, which is the drug unit. Therefore, I was aiming to do a better work on paper 3 to fill the gaps on both paper 1 and paper 2.
Fortunately, the questions on English paper 2 had one question that I was aiming for, so I was happy and did my best to write a perfect essay on that question. On the other hand, Chinese paper 1 questions seems funny, because it does not associate with current social events, instead, it talks about the life of salmon and their spirit.
The last exam, paper 2 and paper 3 on Geography were excellent. The paper 1 was time-limited, so I wrote much faster on paper 2 and paper 3 and finished writing before the five minutes warning. I hope that I can gain a good results in this final IB exam and have a wonderful holiday in summer break.
This year is the busiest year during high school time. As a grade 12 students I have to strive to maintain my predicted marks, and I also need to spent time on applying universities. I went to the University of Toronto session, got some basic understanding of the university and asked my questions to them. These sessions are helpful to us.
Besides university application, I also finished my extended essay in October, internal assessments for chemistry, biology, math and geography. The written assignments for English and Chinese were finished in the beginning of March. The most challenging task- Tok essay was also finished, this is my biggest achievement this year, because I really struggle on writing this type of essay. Fortunately, I completed this essay with the help from Mr. Davis.
Even though the year of grade 12 was busy and difficult, but I find that everybody are more united. Grade 12 semi-formal, grade 12 farewell assembly are the most memorable events for me. I also took my grad photos and the funny crime photos this year. There were lots of events in grade 12 that makes my final year of high school memorable and interesting.
After coming back from March break, we finished the two year courses in most of the subjects, except biology. Biology HL will not be finished until the end of April, this put much more pressure on me, because there are much more lessons and notes compared with other subjects. During the in-class revision, I used the time wisely to maximum my study time. I also ask questions to my teacher when I have trouble with solving difficult problems. Fortunately, we finished extended essay in October, internal assessments for chemistry, biology, geography and math, and written assignments for English and Chinese. This leaves a plenty of time for studying final exams.
During March Break, I went back to China and took a rest at my grandmother’s home. I made a detailed plan for revision, since the final IB exam is nearly approaching. I found there is only two months left before the exam period. I first started reviewing biology, as it is the first course that will be examined. I realized the difficulty of doing final IB exam revision, not like grade 11 final or grade 12 mock exams, the final IB exam wii cover everything that I learned over the past two years at school, I may also meet the questions that I’ve never done before. I think I need a long time revision before the exams.
Beside studying, I also spent all of my spare time with my grandmother, because we only meet each other one time per year. My purpose of going back China is to look after her and makes her happy. We talked a lots everyday and we even went to garden in the morning. I enjoyed the time with her. She also tells me her past experiences when she was young, which I found very educational. I spent one hour to write down what she said to me, especially the important event.
We finally finished Extended Essay in October and we celebrated this accomplishment together as a whole grade. I did my interest area: Chinese literature. My topic is: To investigate how the author of “Wolf Totem” uses different literate devices to express the cultural conflict between nomadic group and agricultural group. Our supervisor presented our EE topic and content to everybody and each of us received a certification from school. I saw a variety of topics during the presentation, some of the topics are interesting and practical. The Extended Essay that we did in grade 12 really provide us a chance to be prepared for university, I hoped I can still remember the concept of writing an EE when I get into university next year.
In the Chinese New Year Celebration, I performed two different pieces of music at my teacher’s performance. I practiced these two pieces for three months and my teacher gave me a lot of suggestions of how to make the music more fluent and musical. It was a great opportunity for me to make friends with other students of my teacher. Some of her students are only in elementary school, but their performances are excellent and amazing. After the celebration, we took pictures together and had dinner with all families.
In October, I started my university applications. There are many processes for applying, so I met with my university counsellor frequently. I strived to achieve a better predicted mark that can be sent to different universities. I planned to send my second predicted marks, but I still did my best to maintain my third predicted marks. I hoped that I could finish my application process successfully.
My friend and I joined yoga classes at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness in West Vancouver. We went to two classes for practicing: Hot Fusion Pilates and Hot Freedom Flow Yoga. There were about ten people in one class. I enjoy participating class in small group, which provides more space and chance to relax myself. I learned many ways to stretch my body. After practicing yoga twice, I find it is a good way to release my stress, especially during exam period.
We will have three predicted marks in grade 12, which are in October, December and January. I decided to send the second predicted mark to the universities that I’m going to apply. I realized that I need to work hard this year in order to achieve the maximum mark that I can get.
Biology is one of my higher level courses, which is the hardest subject for me. Therefore, I make a plan that I have to study at least 2 hours per day after school.
This year I continue to work with my teacher on playing the musical instruments. Since I’m currently a grade 12 student, so my lesson with the teacher has changed from Thursday to Sunday afternoon. I can completely focus on my academic work on weekday, which is really efficient way for me. After discussing with my teacher, I decided to attend the New Year Concert that organized by her in January. I’m going to choose two to three pieces to perform in the concert. I hope I can have an excellent performance in the New Year celebration.