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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Beatrice LI Yan-kiu from ESF Sha Tin College is going to either CUHK or HKU to study medicine.

What was key to your success in the IB Diploma?

Working hard, making precise notes and really understanding content, as well as doing a lot of past papers are the key to success in IB. It is also vital to figure out your learning method; for instance, I am a visual learner, so I learn best by watching videos and through pictures and images. But of course, it was God guiding me the whole way, and helping me through the difficult times.

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

I think IB has definitely taught me how to manage my time properly, and how to handle stress, as well as teaching me to be more open minded through TOK, while making me an overall more independent person through the mass amount of self-studying involved in the programme.

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

Firstly, I think it is extremely important to work hard and to start work early, such as the IAs and the EE and TOK, as it will be extremely helpful in the long run and you will not have to rush any work. Also, make sure to balance out the work for every subject - I took 4 Higher Levels, so I had to dedicate even more time for those 4 subjects (HL Biology, HL Chemistry, HL English Literature, HL Chinese B). Secondly, you should set a goal and target for yourself; it could be as simple as getting into a university, and every time you feel like giving up, just remember that goal and let it be there to motivate you. It is also very important to have a balanced life, and to never sacrifice sleep for grades; always try to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.

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