Student Blog

  • What I Like Most About Pudong

    Pudong, Shanghai is undeniably one of the most vibrant, memorable districts in the world. Whether you’re gazing up at the breath-taking skyscrapers of the financial district that seem to reach into the clouds, or you are examining the incredibly sophisticated architecture of the district’s ancient temples, you’ll always find yourself blown away as you explore what Pudong has to offer.

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  • Why I’d Recommend YCIS To A Friend

    YCIS is a friendly and tight-knit community where everyone feels like they belong and that they're supported. Walking down the hallway at school, you’d always be greeted by students and staff members with warm smiles! Whilst we are a bonded group, we welcome all of our new students with hospitality and try our best to make them feel comfortable at school. This includes an orientation program, where the new students are given a tour around the school by our Prefects, and a “buddy” program in Lower Secondary, where the new students are assigned a buddy for the first few weeks of school to ensure that they are enjoying their time at YCIS.

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  • My Top 5 Study Tips for Exams

    Many students have, in their lifetimes, done an ‘all-nighter’, or ‘burned the midnight oil’. However, it is widely accepted that this study method is counterproductive. According to neuroscientific research, staying up the whole night can lead to a 30% decrease in brain function. To avoid this situation, I have summarised below my top 5 study tips for exams:

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  • The Five Things I Love Most About YCIS Puxi

    Since joining the YCIS Puxi family in Year 9, I have gained many experiences and the most enjoyable memories over the past five years. YCIS is the witness of my growth and experience, and I am here to share my opinion on the five things I love the most about my school. 

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  • Secret Shanghai: An Insider’s Guide to the Most Unique Places in Shanghai

    Are you tired of visiting the usual tourist attractions? Are you looking for more unique experiences? We have a few suggestions for you that you may not have heard about. Having lived in Shanghai for years, we have gained insight into some of the most unique places to visit.

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  • Learning About Cultural Differences in China

    People often wonder if being an expatriate in Shanghai is a challenge with language barriers and other differences, but after immersing myself in Chinese culture, I have learned to speak the Chinese language, appreciate the arts of China, and savour Chinese cuisine.  Immersing yourself in Chinese culture and stepping outside the terrains of your comfort zone will provide you with opportunities to make new friends and become more open-minded. Taste a couple of delectable local snacks with your family and friends. Have fun celebrating Chinese holidays, and educate yourself on the history behind them. Enhance your Chinese language skills, and visit the many galleries that display ancient Chinese calligraphy or pottery.  In our Chinese Studies class, we have learned about the origins of the Chinese language and culture, and we have also played many fun Chinese board games. These lessons have encouraged communication and sparked creativity, helping students collaborate with their classmates over rounds of Chinese chess, and igniting a passion for the Chinese arts.  Throughout the years, I have realised that understanding and engaging in cultural differences can facilitate your growth as a global citizen, and give you a more diverse outlook on the world. Embrace cultural differences, and you will see that a little variety will always spice up your stay in Shanghai.

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  • How Studying at YCIS Has Improved My Chinese Level

    YCIS takes pride in the fact that it is an international school with a bilingual focus. Being a student at YCIS benefits my studies in Chinese in many different ways. For one, I am immersed in Chinese culture since I am living in Shanghai, and a lot of the students at YCIS speak fluent Chinese. Course programmes are set up as CAL (Chinese as an Additional Language) and CFL (Chinese as a First Language). In my CAL class, our teachers give us frequent dictations as well as daily writing. While this is a challenge, it actually keeps all the characters that we are learning in our heads!

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  • How my Family and I Settled into Shanghai

    The initial thought of moving to Shanghai, was, for my 15-year-old self, incredibly daunting. At the time, I was preparing to leave behind London after four years to head back home to Australia, so the thought of having to make yet another fresh new start definitely took me out of my comfort zone. I had lived in Shanghai when I was young, but almost all of my old friends had since left, and everybody seemed to tell me just how much the city had changed since we were last there. Furthermore, this move would be my family’s first time living apart. For the first time in my life, it would only be my mum and me, as my brothers and dad had decided to stay behind both for university and work. Despite my uncertainty, however, I looked towards my move with enthusiasm, and with the spirit of new beginnings.

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  • What is Your Favourite CCA and Why?

    My favourite Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) would probably be Swimming. I’ve been doing the Swimming CCA for around two years now. Even though the training sessions are twice a week – Tuesdays and Fridays – and pretty late (for Black Squad), it’s still really nice to get to dive into the cool, refreshing water. You can let all of your worries wash away after a long day at school. It’s especially great on Fridays because you can end your week with some exercise, and after that hour of swimming, you always feel nice and refreshed and ready for the weekend.

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