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On Friday 21 January, our Year 12 students enjoyed a series of enrichment workshops. We started the day by looking at how students can maximise their success in the IBDP – this mirrored the parent workshop that ran on Monday 17 January.
The focus of the student session was to encourage the students to reflect on their own practice. What kind of students are they? They then had the opportunity to talk to their peers about the strategies that they use to make notes, review lesson materials and to revise. Students are often very creative and to gift them the time to share is always a valuable experience. The last part of our first session was to remind the students about Carol Dweck’s work The Growth Mindset.
We then introduced the students to the Higher Education timeline and talked briefly about how they can get started with this process – they need to address two key questions initially - ‘where to study’ and ‘what to study’. We gave the students some key considerations and suggestions to get started with their research. This term, they will experience a 1:1 interview and be asked to complete a detailed self-assessment to inform their future university applications.
Before lunch, we introduced The Extended Essay. It can be a daunting piece of work but it doesn’t have to be. The key to success is planning and organisation, and so, we talked students through some common pitfalls and communicated the long-term timeline. We asked the students to explore some of the resources available to them and encouraged them to begin to organise their electronic files. They were sent away with the task of deciding on their subject area.
The last session of the day was led by Ling Coong and Jessie Lee who talked to students about their CAS portfolios. Again, the students were given time in their busy schedules to work on improving the quality of their reflections and to ensure that their projects have been completed and administered properly.