CAS: My initial thoughts.

CAS stands for creativity, action and service. In the IB, it incorporates your creative side while allowing you to go out and do some sports and give back to the community as well. Honestly to me, that sounds extremely tiring but also very worthwhile. I’m very excited to finally start my CAS journey and feel accomplished about it.

For my creativity I’ll be joining the film club and trying out for the school’s production. As for my activity I’ll be doing netball, basketball and touch rugby and lastly, for my service I’m helping out my local community in baking with elderly and an equality focus group which I’m looking forward to very much.

Though I can foresee the CAS being very stressful and time consuming, I’m looking forward to see what I can do and the experiences and memories I’ll make!

Maths and Me

Hi! I’m Jasmine from Malaysia! I did my IGCSE’s and I did both E-Math and A-Math for it.

I generally have a very pessimistic view towards mathematics. I won’t lie. I always told myself I was an artsy student and disliked math but I did it for the sake of it anyway. However, I don’t feel too nervous about starting this course. Since I did additional mathematics, I feel like I have a base foundation for Maths SL in IB, maybe not the best, but if it weren’t for my subject choice of A-Math in the IGCSE’s, I’ll probably find myself struggling much more.

I like to stay between doing things myself and having someone explaining it to me. I can’t study maths by myself since I get stuck easily, but I also like to do my work by myself (since I concentrate best in a calm and quiet environment) with nobody bothering me.

When I’m stuck in mathematics I always rely on my peers of teachers. For me, I can’t learn math through something like Khan Academy or online videos. I must have someone be there and teach me! I like to ask questions on the spot anyway.

My biggest skill is once I understand a concept, all that’s left is just to practice and practice. I’ll be able to finish the job easy. However, it takes me a while to actually understand the concept before I get to that level.

I want my math teacher to know he’s cool and I hope his leg gets better.