Student Blog

  • The Life of an International School Student in Shanghai

    As I sit comfortably on my bed writing this blog at home in Shanghai, I feel content for a few seconds until a wave of confusion hits me. Now, as a Malaysian who has studied in China for the past 14 years, I suddenly struggle to know why or what I meant by writing ‘home.’ 

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  • The Ways Technology Has Shaped My Learning

    Digital technology has become a ubiquitous part of modern life. Laptops, phones, and tablets have become commonplace, and the way we use technology has completely redefined the way we learn.

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  • Enjoying the Beautiful New Learning Communities at YCIS Pudong

    I have been attending YCIS since 2007, and a lot of great campus development projects have taken place at this wonderful school as I’ve made my way to becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) student in her final year of high school. Out of all my years of being here, the new Learning Community spaces are definitely the best renovation yet.

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  • From Kindergarten to Year 13: Reflecting on My YCIS Learning Journey

    Studying at YCIS is an ever-changing experience, and I’m always intrigued to see what is going to change next. This year, I’m particularly excited about the new flexible learning spaces that we have for International Baccalaureate (IB) students. We have a whole wing just for IB, complete with adjustable rooms and new furniture fit for different types of learning. I’d say my favourite thing is this diner-like booth area which is so cosy and makes you feel like you’re not even at school!As I go into my final year at YCIS, I’ve begun reflecting back on my experience at the school. From kindergarten to high school, I’ve always loved YCIS. Maybe it’s the fact that the classes are small, and you really get to know the people around you. Maybe it’s the teachers, who are always there to help even outside the classroom. Maybe it’s the entire community: it’s tight-knit and warm, and even with all the people who’ve come and gone, there are so many people I’ve known for so long.There’s no doubt about it — without studying at YCIS, which has been my home for over 13 years, I wouldn’t be who I am today. It sounds so cheesy and clichéd, but it really is how I feel. When I’m older and I look back on my school days, I’m almost certain I won’t remember half of the things I’ve learned academically. It’s the memories I’ve made and the experiences I’ve gained that will stay in my mind, hopefully for a long time.Even though sometimes I complain — school is, after all, hard work — no matter what anyone else says, I know that YCIS and its impact on me is something that I will treasure forever. By Ruth, Year 13, YCIS Pudong Secondary

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  • Tips for New Students to YCIS Shanghai

    Transitioning to a new school may seem daunting, but it is something that everyone must experience at one time or another. To all of the students who are new to YCIS Shanghai, here is a handful of tips that can help you adjust to your new school.

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  • Top Five Reasons to Study at YCIS Puxi from ECE through Secondary

    There are many reasons why students should study at YCIS from ECE through Secondary. It can be the best time of our life, unforgettable for the rest of our lives! Below are my top five reasons:

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  • 10 Key Phrases for Travelling in China

    As the world enhances the possibility for people from all around the globe to travel between countries, China has become one of the most popular tourist destinations for travellers. As the language in China is quite complex, it is most helpful for visitors or newcomers to Shanghai to learn some important phrases that they can use during their time here. The following are ten phrases that will help you a lot:

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  • How to Stay Organised for IGCSE

    To all the students who are transitioning to IGCSE soon, staying organised is essential, especially when you have to complete all of your learning, coursework, and exams in just two short years. As an IGCSE student almost heading to IB, here is my advice for staying organised in Years 10 and 11.

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  • My Experience Studying IGSCE at YCIS Puxi

    Last year, I finished the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme at YCIS Puxi Secondary. This qualification is the most popular international certificate worldwide for students aged 14-16 and is organised by Cambridge Assessment International Education.

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