Hello. My name is Gus O’Brien, this is my 10th year at UWCSEA East. Answering the last question, there’s nothing you really need to know about me, but I am on the swim team, so throughout the year I sometimes will be absent to swim around South East Asia. I did quite well on my IGCSE math last year. I enjoy math and I want to improve as many of my subject choices use math and my areas of interest all heavily involve math. I’m excited to start math this year as I am eager to do better than any of my other years. I enjoy solving questions when I know how to solve them. Often with a bit of practice, I can understand any topic. When learning math I like first being loosely taught it, then practicing by myself. If I don’t understand I first reverse the answer and try to figure out where I went wrong and then practice it with more questions. If I still don’t understand I have no problem asking the teacher or a friend; by struggling myself I often find it easier to follow along with the explanation.

I think I’m quite good at logically solving a problem, and once I’ve understood the means of an answer I can apply it to other question quite easily. Once I’ve immersed myself in a difficult question I often have to solve it, which I guess makes me persistent. I’m pretty organized which means I know when thing are due and are meant to be done. The part I struggle with is actually sitting down and just doing math as practice, consistent habit is something I want to improve not only in math but in all my subjects.

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