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Last Updated: 29 Jan. 2023 10:20 (GMT+8); Most recent updated items are shown in blue.

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Personal 👦

Where are you from🏠?

I am living🏠 in Guangzhou, China🇨🇳, a popular city with developed transportations (underground🚇, BRT🚌, trams🚋) as well as beautiful tourism attractions📸.

My school is in Foshan and my hometown is in Guangxi Province.

What is your Chinese Nationality?

I am Mulao Nationality (仫佬族) which nestles in Guangxi Province (my hometown). Learn More

While I am a student🧑‍🎓 in the city🌉 (e.g. at home🏠 and school🏫), I represent one of our members🙋 of our nation enjoying😊 and showcasing🎪 our local culture🥙 in my hometown🏚️.

While I am travelling✈️, apart from discovering knowledge🔬, I learn about some local cultures🥙, including food🌮, language🌎 and habits.

Me in Shiwei Ancient Town
What is your English🇬🇧 ability?

I passed🎫 Cambridge KET and PET, but I am going to fix my English pronunciation problem📣 for several months.

I also have taken an IELTS exam📝, with a Band 7.0 score. (Listening: 7.5; Reading: 7.0; Writing: 6.0; Speaking: 6.5)

Why is your English grammar or pronunciation📣 usually wrong?

This is because I didn't study well📝 in the past⏳ until 2019⌛️, so I need some time🕰️ to improve my English skills.

Note: This problem is being mitigated✅ since I have the opportunity to practise English💬 at my school and IELTS lessons.

Do you use English🇬🇧 or Chinese🇨🇳 to talk with your schoolmates?

When I talk with my new schoolmates, I will use English🇬🇧 first because it can improve my English communication skills. Then use Chinese🇨🇳 only if they cannot speak English.

Also, my school🏫 uses English to teach knowledge at all.

What devices💻 do you have?
  • 💻 MacBook Pro 2020 (Intel chip; 4 Type-C ports)
  • ⌨️ Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse (use at my home)
  • 🎧 AirPods Pro (first generation)
  • 🏷️ 4 AirTags (on my backpack, pencil case, water bottle and luggage)
  • ⌚️ Apple Watch 7
  • 📱 iPhone 13 Pro
  • 📱 iPad Air (5th generation)
Do you take naps🛏️ at noon?

No. I don't take a nap🛏️ at noon. Some international exams📝 take place at 13:00.

What do you usually do in your free time⏳?

I utilise my free time⏳ to study faster than others.

For example, I remember English words with Quizlet📒, read books📖 and articles📑, watch videos and vlogs🎬, listen to English audio🎧, write website articles📝, make YouTube videos🎥, and so on.

For more information, please read this article.

School and Study 📝

What is the name and the website of your school🏫? Where is it?

My school is called: Guangdong Country Garden School (GCGS).

It is in Foshan, Guangdong, China, which is adjacent to Guangzhou.

Do you have accommodation🛏️ at school?

Yes✅. It is essential to live in the school because my school🏫 is quite far away🛣️ from my home🏠.

I will live in school🏫 on weekdays and go back home🏠 at weekend.

What type of accommodation🛏️ do you have?

I live in my school apartment🏢 instead of a dorm.

I can make some decorations🪄 around my apartment bedroom to build my own study environment. Learn More

What is the type of your course🎓?

I am studying Cambridge International AS and A Level🔍. As well as CAIE, we also study Edexcel Further Mathematics🧮 and EPQ🔬.

What subjects do your study📝 in your school?

I am currently studying the following subjects📝:

Compulsory: Further Mathematics (YFM01)🧮, EPQ🔬, PE🏃, IELTS📝.

Optional: Physics (9702)📏, Computer Science (9618)🖥️.

Does your school allow or ban electronic devices📱?

My school bans📵 electronic devices such as smartphones📱 and game consoles🎮. It can prevent students from playing games🎮 all day, and even during the lessons.

However, we may take our laptops💻 and iPad (in our grade) and use them only for searching🔍 information on the Internet, preparing for exams and competitions, and making research projects🔬.

What is your daily study routine⏰ at school campus🏫?

To learn more about my study routine, please see this article.

What extra curricula🏢 do you have?

On Saturday morning (10:30 to 12:30), I have an IELTS speaking/writing lesson.

Why do you invent🪄 study strategies?

In 2019, I was in Grade 8 in my junior high school🏫 where electronic devices💻 were not allowed📵, so I tended to invent some techniques to enhance my scores.

I was unable to find information🔍 on the Internet🌍, so this has led to lack of information📄. I even didn't know that others already have their techniques🛠️.

Website and Services 🌎

What type of your website is?

My website was previously a blog📄 sharing my tutorials🪄, personal routine⏰ and ideas.

Then I have started to share my study tips💡 instead of other types of articles.

Since August 18, 2021 after I have updated my website, it was changed to a website that shares study tips💡. It can be an educational website.

What are the targeted audiences🧑🏻‍💻 on your website?

My website is targeted for some students, parents and teachers, for example:

  • Students in international🌎 schools.
  • UK Students, studying GCSE and A Level.
  • University or college🏛️ students.
How long⏳ will you keep your website running💨?

I estimated and promise that my website will keep running until at least 2035⏳.

After I graduate from university in 2027, I will keep my website running for a few years⏳.

When⏱️ do you write✍️ website articles?

I write and publish new articles on my website if I have free time⌛️. This rule is implemented to let me focus on studying📝.

If you want to receive my latest study tips and articles, please subscribe to my email newsletter📩.

Can I post guest posts✏️ on your website?

No❌. Guest posts are not allowed on my website because I need to keep the originality of my content.

Why you use Emojis😀 on your Content?

By observing other websites, blogs and vlog channels, some emojis😀 sandwiched in the long text can help me understand them easily.

So, from 2023, I will start using emojis on my articles📑 and videos🎥 to help students understand and demystify my content.

Where are your servers🗃️ located📍?

My servers are located in China🇨🇳 and the United Kingdom🇬🇧.

My China Server uses Alibaba Cloud and my UK Server uses Vultr (my invitation link).

My website and Study Planner are available on both servers in both languages (English🇬🇧 and Chinese-Simplified🇨🇳).

Does your Website and Services Support IPv6🔗?

Yes✅, you can access my website via both IPv4 and IPv6🔗.

I attempted🔬 to enable IPv6 in 2021, then enabled🎚️ IPv4 and IPv6 Dual Stack on all servers🗃️ in 2022.

Since 2023, I strongly attached the importance🔺 of IPv6 technology on my website.

Did you know?

IPv6 has now been added to Cambridge IGCSE and A Level Computer Science (0478, 9618) syllabuses.

Why I Highly Attached Importance🔺 of IPv6?

The main drawback👎 of IPv4, in my opinion👀, is the “Coexistence Effect”🏘️.

For example, some students in a school🏫 with the same public IPv4 address may intentionally attack🗡️ a study resources website to make the school’s IP address banned🚫 and hence prevent🪧 other students from studying.

There are also some other benefits of IPv6. For example, it has enhanced security🔒.

Where are the costs💷 of your website and servers come from?

My website is non-profit❌ so it does not contain any ads📢 and affiliate links.

The scholarships💰 are the main source for my web servers and the ISP bandwidth. That's why I can always keep my services and resources free.

  • Scholarships (60%, main source)
  • Parent's Subsidy for my Research (30%)
  • Giveaway from Hosting Providers and ISPs (10%)
Can I use AdBlockers🥅 or translation plugins🌎 on your website?

Certainly yes✅. My website is non-profit and free and there aren’t any ads❌. You are allowed to use AdBlockers on my website, but please note that some features may not be working correctly under some AdBlockers browser extensions.

You can translate the content on my website to your languages using some translation extensions🌎 on your browser.

Can I reblog📑 your articles?

No❌. In order to protect my original work, you cannot copy or reblog my contents without my permission.

Do you use templates🪄 to make your website?

Previously, I had used the WordPress platform with themes (templates) and plugins🔌 to make my website.

Since August 2021, all codes🧑🏻‍💻 on my website were written by myself using HTML, JavaScript, CSS, PHP and MySQL. I also have set up my servers🗃️ on my own. I no longer❌ use WordPress or any other templates.

Do you Collaborate🧑🏻‍💻 with Others while Making your Website?

No❌. All elements on my website🖥️ and products📦, including UI/UX design🏞️, coding⌨️, web servers🗃️ and IPv6🔗, were all made by myself🧑🏻‍💻.

Why you are Tolerant✅ for Terms of Service (ToS) Violations?

I have made this special policy🧑‍⚖️ for students since 2021.

Simply Speaking:

  • My aim is to educate users🎓 rather than penalising or banning them🚫.
  • You will not be penalised if you are trying to correct✅ your errors.

Ken’s Study Journey is an educational website and platform🏫, so it teaches students to not only study productively and diligently📚 and get outstanding results🏅 (e.g. A*, university offers) but also be a better citizen👦 in the community.

When you violate my rules, I will not only tell you exactly which rule(s)📄 and/or law(s) you have violated but also teach you how to correct them✅, leading you to the right direction➡️.

I understand that some students lack language proficiency and so may violate rules without their knowledge.

For example, if your comment💬 on my website has been rejected❌, you can, using the same identity🪪, correct it📝 as many times as you need until it is accepted✅.

If users can be banned🚫 after the first violation, they may lack the confidence😆 to use the services and post content.

Caution

This is only valid✅ on Ken’s Study Journey products (including Ken’s Study Planner).

It is designed for students who may accidentally violate rules without their knowledge❌, but do not intentionally carry out misbehaviours🚫.

I will have zero tolerance🚫 for repeated violations without any corrections after a warning⚠️.

Email Newsletter 📩

What types of content📄 do you usually send on your newsletter?

I usually send my latest articles📑, study tips, latest news, and so on.

You can subscribe to my newsletter📩 so you do not need to frequently check my website.

How to unsubscribe📤 from your newsletter?

You can simply click the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom⬇️ of the email and follow the instructions to unsubscribe📤.

If you have some issues⚠️ and cannot unsubscribe, you can contact me with your subscribed email address and I will remove you from the subscription list.

Ken's Study Planner App 🗓️

How to sign up for an account✉️ and use Ken's Study Planner?

Just open planner.kenstudyjourney.com🌎 and then click "Sign up" button at the bottom.

You can see the tutorials here.

Does Ken's Study Planner Free💷?

Yes✅, my Study Planner is completely free with all features.

I have made this web-based app in my free time, using my programming knowledge🧑🏻‍💻, to boost my productivity.

Then, I decided to share it to other students worldwide🌎.

Why are your Study Resources Always Free🤑?

I have been inventing🪄 my own study techniques🛠️ since 2019.

Previously, these techniques, including Ken's Study Planner app, could only be used by myself🧑🏻‍💻.

Then, I decided to share📤 them to other students worldwide without charging any fees.

When will you make Ken’s Study Planner desktop🖥️ and mobile📱 apps?

Approximately in 2023 or 2024⏳, when I will in the university📲 and after I will learn more programming knowledge.

How to delete🗑️ my account?

You can delete your account🗑️ if you no longer🛑 want to use Ken's Study Planner.

Open Study Planner and log in to your account, click "Settings - Delete Account" and follow the instructions.

Audio Articles 🎧

Why do you provide audio articles🎧?

This is because I need to practice my English speaking📣 and pronunciation and enable people who cannot or are not convenient to read the text to 'read'📖 my articles.

Note: Audio articles are available in English🇬🇧 only.

What software do you use to record🎤 your audio articles?

I use Adobe Audition to record🎤 my audio articles.

It has an extra feature✅ that I can cut off✂️ sentences or paragraphs that has been read incorrectly❌ and record them🎤 again. So, I do not need to record the whole audio again and again.

Do you offer audio script📄 for your audio articles?

Yes✅, I also publish a copy of the audio script📄 along the way I publish new articles and its audio.

There will be an 'Audioscripts' button beside the audio player. You can open the PDF file📄 and see what's are recorded in case you cannot understand the audio🎧.

Where do you find and download background music🎼?

In YouTube audio library*. Here I can find and download copyright free background music.

YouTube Channel 🎬

Why you have resumed▶️ your channel?

In the past few years, according to my website statistics📊, most visitors on my website come from China🇨🇳 and Singapore🇸🇬.

Then, I have found🔍 the reason. A major source of other students are having YouTube channels🎥 rather than websites/blogs📄. The videos may be over-produced🎬 and hence over-consumed.

This is my New Channel: @kenstudyjourney

Why you have paused⏸️ your channel for several years?

My channel was available✅ between August 2018 and February 2020.

However, I have paused⏸️ it from July 2020 to November 2022 because of my heavy burden on studying📝.

I didn't study well⚠️ in the past until Grade 9, so I need to work harder💪 to overtake overs.

What software🖥️ do you use and make your videos?

I use various software🖥️ to make and edit my videos🎥 based on their ease of use. They all support up to 4K resolution🖥️.

  • KeyNote (for editing animations) 📺
  • iMovie (for combining video elements) 🎬
What resolution🖥️ of videos will you provide?

Like Study To Success, the highest resolution on my videos is 4K🖥️ (3840 x 2160).

You can choose a suitable resolution, from 144p to 4K, depending on your network speed🎛️.

4K (60fps) is supported on my iPhone 13 Pro📱 with its large storage space. It is also supported on all video editing software🛠️ I use.

Will you provide Chinese translations🌎 on your videos?

Not available currently❌, the main purpose of the channel is to attract more visitors/users speaking English.

Also, I don't have much time⌛️ to provide such subtitles.

Will you earn profits💰 from your channel?

My website is always non-profit❌, but I may earn profits💰 from my channel.

However, they are both non-profit❌ until I go to university.