The most necessary task to do for an increase in productivity during exams is to revise the topics learned so far. The key is to not forget what you have learned and retain it for a long time. Memory is formed by revision that depends on consistency, frequency, and regularity. However, if it’s not planned properly, the process can become tedious. The IB Chinese with the course code CHIN 1002, is rather an easy-to-score paper if planned and revised properly. Here are a few tips which could be used to make revising less daunting.
Read and Highlight
Reading is a skill that can be nurtured and developed. Consistent reading practice will make you better at it day by day. While reading through a new text, it is also important to highlight the words that are unfamiliar to you. This will help improve your vocabulary and will also enable you to understand the text better.
Since you are learning a new language, content mastery is also important.
Documenting all the new words learned might help you navigate through the syllabus better. It can be beneficial if you are able to consolidate all the content you have been exposed to, into one place. Try to add at least 20 words every day to the list. This will broaden your vocabulary so that you are able to articulate concepts accurately and more effectively to others.
Thus apart from learning your subject material, this will also increase your ability to communicate. Writing also helps in improving your spelling.
As the famous proverb goes, “Practice maketh a man perfect”, it is important to continuously practice especially while learning a new language. It is advisable to write down each of the new words three times along with the English words so that you can comprehend them in a better way.
Practicing 10 -20 new words every day and repeating the process when you read through another new lesson will help you in the long run.
Stick to a study plan
With multiple distractions coupled with the intense rigor of the IB syllabus, students might find it hard to focus on studying, especially for their SL subjects such as IB Chinese. Hence, it is necessary for students to craft a study plan and stick to it. It is important to create a study plan that is feasible and realistic. Taking breaks in between your study hours is advisable.
Every day, take 15-20 minutes to read a book that is not a part of your IB Chinese syllabus. When you learn any new words and phrases, find some friends speaking the language and practice what you have learned with them.
Learn with a Chinese Expert
For those who come from non-Chinese speaking backgrounds and are not exposed to Chinese on a regular basis, the language will be challenging. They may need to spend extra time and effort learning the language and find themselves discouraged easily whenever they do not see large improvements. For this reason, it is beneficial to get extra help.
At Young Scholarz, students will have an allocated amount of time every week for targeted, personalized help in Chinese. You can register for 1:1 or group classes with us and learn from our expert Chinese teacher. Check out our IB Mandarin ab initio and IB Mandarin Language B at both SL and HL.