Article by Putra Wibowo

For the past two years, the majority of seniors from the Class of 2018 have been journeying tenaciously through the IB programme, with all their efforts culminating into the dreaded event in May: the final IB exams. One has to pack two years worth of content and developed skills from multiple rigorous courses into their minds; the pressure is paramount. Luckily, the seniors have one week off school from April 20 – 26, where they have time to prepare and study for these exams in and/or out of school, also known as “study leave”. We interviewed some current seniors on how they will be preparing and conducting their study leave, as well as some tips for next year’s Senior batch.

When asked how they will be preparing for study leave in terms of time-management and general organization, Enrique C. states, “One thing I actually plan on doing is coming into school to study and going to classes on my normal schedule. It would help me ensure that I cover each class evenly, and don’t focus too much on certain classes.”

Agreeing with the idea of maintaining a balanced work schedule among all the classes, Ishan P. adds, “I also like to make a time table for the rest of my week assuming I know if I have any assignments due that week. I’m going to make sure that by the time study leave comes around I will know exactly what I am weakest at and have a plan to study for that.”

One inherent problem that can lead to detrimental consequences is over-studying, where one attempts to cram large chunks of information through a long and strenuous study session, ultimately resulting in a counterproductive session where minimal information is encoded into the brain. To de-stress and maintain that equality between workload and leisure time, Sangyoon K. asserts, “I like to play video games and watch television as it takes my mind off the work for a little while.”

Contrasting this belief, Enrique claims, “I actually find that watching TV or going on social media are very counterproductive, even if I’m taking a break, because they’re black holes, and you don’t realise how much time has passed until an hour in. Instead, I think that exercising really helps me unwind from an intense period of studying.”

The important message that is conveyed by the seniors here is to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle even during stressful periods of exams, putting your physical and emotional health at first priority. More often than not, enjoying that quick 30-minute nap can prove to be more beneficial than tackling a continuous 6-hour study session.

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