Student Blog

  • How ‘STEM’ is Incorporated into Our Learning at YCIS Pudong

    At YCIS Pudong, learning outside of the classroom is tremendously encouraged, and STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) – is no exception. From student-led initiatives to regional competitions, STEM education is truly embraced at our school.

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  • The Positive Power of STEM at YCIS Shanghai

    To some students, ‘STEM learning’ can mean ‘gruelling’ or ‘difficult’. But for YCIS Shanghai students, STEM learning means a lot more.

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  • Always Remember: You are More Than Your Grades

    As society evolves and technology advances, the need for certain jobs lessens and new jobs to accommodate this change are created. This development has resulted in a significant shift in the education system and what subjects are available to students. Futhermore, the amount and difficulty of content students are required to learn today is, in most cases, substantially more than it was in the past. It is now very common that amongst families, schools, teachers, and peers, a lot of emphasis is placed on grades and exam results. I believe this has created a culture for some teenagers where the feeling is “you are your grades”. It is easy to be unknowingly drawn into this mindset when it feels like everyone around you is pressuring you to extend yourself so impossibly far to achieve high marks.

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  • Where to Spend Your Free Time in Pudong Outside the Campus

    When you reminisce about those unforgettable years in high school, I have no doubt that the moments you cherish the most are of the classroom: all those times spent learning and studying in the name of academic improvement. Ha! All jokes aside, we know that studying hard is crucial to the high school experience, but spending time with your friends outside of school is just as important. After all, some of these experiences will leave a mark long after graduation.

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  • Founder’s Day at YCIS Pudong

    Founder’s Day is an important date celebrated yearly by all YCIS and Yew Wah schools around the globe. On this special day, students watch a live feed video broadcasted to all of the schools in the YCIS and Yew Wah network, and share what activities they have planned for the afternoon. To me, this day promotes good student health, opens the students’ minds, and brings together the school community.

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  • 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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