Meet Hong Kong's Perfect Scoring IB Students

Some of the IB Diploma's top scorers share advice on how to achieve a perfect IB score. The students come from the English Schools Foundation’s ESF Island School, ESF King George V School, ESF Sha Tin College and ESF South Island School...
Meet Hong Kong's Perfect Scoring IB Students
By Carli Allan
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Stephanie Cheung Nok-man from ESF Island School will either be attending LSE for politics and philosophy or the University of Hong Kong for business and law.

What was key to your success in the IB Diploma?

Success in the IB really comes down to managing your time well and utilising all the resources your school has to offer: your teachers are there for a reason, and it's important to ask for help whenever you're lost, no matter how embarrassing, before things start piling up and going out of control.

How do you think the IB has prepared you for university?

The IB has definitely helped me in that it has taught me how to deal with failures: at times, I would receive an undesirable grade or struggle with understanding some subjects; however, this has ultimately build up my character and made me more resilient to failure. The IB has also helped me in managing my time: with multiple subjects spanning from the sciences to the humanities to the languages, along with the coursework, I've developed better organisational and management skills as a result.

What advice would you give to the next cohort of IB students?

While the IB is a rigorous programme, I recommend that students try and make the most of their experience and enjoy it as much as possible. A perfect score is definitely commendable, but students shouldn't be just focusing on the final grade they receive on their diploma. The IB is a programme that develops your critical mind and ultimately helps you in becoming a more well-rounded individual; because of this, it's important to focus on the process as well and take away the lessons learned and skills developed as a result.

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