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szdaily -> Yes Teens -> 
Excelling in academics (I)
    2011-06-15  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Dear Fellow Students,

    You might wonder why I have not come to academics yet. The reason for this is because I believe most students from China perform well academically anyway, and have always been extremely focused when it comes to curriculum studies.

    This is why I have left it at the bottom in priority, keeping this to the very end. What I would like to discuss today is how to boost your confidence when aiming high in academics.

    First and foremost, have confidence in yourself. Do not be intimidated by a lack of perfect English when you first start school here. Students from China are usually strong in grammar and vocabulary. In the United Kingdom where English is the mother tongue, grammar is not taught in a systematic way, as compared with China where English grammar is the most important aspect of learning.

    In China, you may have made an effort to build up your vocabulary, but in the United Kingdom, most students pick up vocabulary here and there by reading.

    Grammar and vocabulary should not be too difficult, but it is the speaking, listening, reading and writing that will require greater effort.

    Rather than translating each sentence in your head, try to use the language in a natural way by thinking and expressing completely in English.

    Do not be nervous and try not to be shy. In the first few months practicing and thinking in English may be a struggle, but you will pick it up in no time with extra English lessons that can be arranged with your school. This is usually available in all private boarding schools.

    Only ask for this after you have been admitted to the school, or else the admissions team may doubt your language ability. As long as you force yourself to speak, to listen, and interact in the school community, you will find yourself soon making tremendous progress in speaking and listening.

    Practice reading non-stop and read material that interest you. Interesting material will keep you focused and positive when learning English. However once you can read faster, try more serious material, not just fiction.

    This could include autobiographies, history, geography, the sciences or even newspapers. I would recommend reading newspapers or high quality magazines and Web pages such as BBC.com.

    Writing very much depends on reading so extensive reading will eventually have you capable of writing good articles naturally.

    

    Yours fondly,

    Susan M B Chen

    A Year 13 Student, Downe House School, England

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