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Why I Care

Why I Care

by | Feb 28, 2016 |

Are you an IB Diploma student who’s struggling to go to bed at a civilized time?

Tell me about it. Now you may wonder – why would you even care about us?

Because I’ve been where you’ve been. It was never worse than my last year of high school, when I was an International Baccalaureate Diploma student.

I still remember how this thought kept going through my head: ‘if ONLY there were more hours in the day…’

Can you relate?

I bet you’re tired of procrastinating and staying up late doing homework.

Because let’s be real, we all know that the closer you get to finishing high school, the harder it gets to do well on all your homework…and still get enough sleep: Maths homework, History essays, revising for a test…and then more tests…

I get it.

I still remember the stress of deadlines and tests – especially if you’re anything like I was and you always want to get good grades.

I finished the IB Diploma in 2004 (baaack in the day…!). I still remember plodding through homework at 1 or 2 in the morning, when all I wanted to do was go to bed at a civilized hour. I was the kind of student who NEVER missed a deadline. Like, never E-V-E-R. But I was sometimes aware that I was procrastinating more than I needed to, and would often have to stay up late just to make sure I got my homework done in time.

I loved going to bed knowing I had finished all my homework and was ready for the next day, but I hated mornings…because I never got enough sleep.

Waking up was as struggle. Like as in…#thestruggleisREAL.

And you know how when you’re so tired that you can’t always concentrate fully in class? Which means you have to spend MORE time at home trying to catch up what you didn’t understand in the lesson. And that means staying up late – again? And before you know it, you feel you’re stuck in a vicious cycle. I hated that.

BUT after graduating from high school (for the record, I did the IB in the Anglo-American School of Moscow. GO PENGUINS!) I made it my goal to learn how to be more efficient and get more sleep. 

To my surprise, I noticed that I started to achieve even BETTER grades as an undergraduate than I did in the IB. Then again, it’s not surprising, as I’d learned how to manage my time more wisely. As an undergraduate student studying at the University of Liverpool, I loved my lifestyle. I started to take better care of myself. I stopped procrastinating.

YOU don’t have to wait until you’re at uni to learn how to be more efficient.

I believe it CAN be done, in high school. In fact, I’ve seen it happen. I’ve taught over 2,000 secondary school students in the last six years, from which more than 200 were IB Diploma students. And what I’ve learnt is that procrastination is neither helpful nor necessary when revising for your exams and getting ready to start your homework. This is particularly true if you’re an ambitious student who wants to aim high. And that’s why I want to share what I know about how to be more efficient and get more work done in less time.

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