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I Entered my School's Oxbridge College with an English Environment

Language/语言:   English   简体中文
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By: Ken Deng   Published on 26 Aug. 2021

Approx. 1200 words, 5 mins

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Hello there! My name is Ken and I am a Chinese senior high A Level student in Guangdong Country Garden School. Welcome to Ken's Study Journey website and blog!

Recently, I have been recruited by Oxbridge College in my school, which gives me an opportunity to practice English and let me study in an English environment.

Before starting my A Level study journey, I felt so excited and happy after receiving this notice. Although I had failed the entrance exam in SCIE, Shenzhen College of International Education, a year ago, I still have a chance to practice English and have a great studying environment.

I miss the GCGS school campus so much because I want to practice English speaking with my classmates and have a regular schedule.

My AS and A Level study journey will begin in a few days, so I have made a number of preparations to make sure I can enjoy a wonderful study journey later on.

Today, I am going to talk about my experience and feeling for entering college and my A Level study journey. Let's go!

Disclaimer: This article may contain some school information. If you are a staff or an editor and you do not want them to be displayed on my website, please contact me to delete them.

What is Oxbridge College?

Oxbridge College is a new type of class in my school, GCGS, which provides English courses to pursue students to enter University of Oxford or Cambridge.

For more information, please see articles from GCGS's WeChat official account:

GCGS is shorted by Guangdong Country Garden School, but some people call it CGS for convenience.

Entry Requirements

It has different requirements for different grades and levels.

As it is told in its WeChat official account, we need to have 5 A* grades in the IGCSE exam and a 7.0 overall band score in IELTS. But, of course, if we got 4 A* grades and IELTS band 7.0, or IELTS band 6.5 and 5 A* grades, we still have a chance as long as it still has empty seats.

In fact, I got 5 A* grades in the IGCSE exam recently. I was so excited when I saw this wonderful result form.

My IGCSE Results

However, I still got band 6.5 in the IELTS exam because I didn't study hard before until 2019, and hence I have hardship to uplift my English language, attempting to use complicated words and grammar.

Did you know?

There are 4 criteria in the IELTS writing and speaking (output) modules. Lexical Resources (LR, i.e. words, phrases and idioms) and Grammar Range and Accuracy (GRA) are the 2 criteria in both these modules.

So, we need to accumulate more English words and phrases in real life to generate an adequate vocabulary library in your mind. As I entered the Oxbridge College, I have an opportunity to practice English faster and collect more words and phrases.

Completely English Environment

So, why does my school create such a great environment and what is the purpose of it? It is designed for top students and English is required to go to universities overseas, so it is a completely English environment.

We will have to use and speak English in not only lessons but also daily management such as dormitory and canteen.

This gives me an opportunity to practice our English skills and correct errors with each other.

My Preparations before School

Before I start my A Level study journey, I have made several preparations to study better, for example:

  • AS and A Level grid notebooks
  • Paper-based daily goals checklist booklet and English vocabulary cards
  • New folders with zippers
  • New website with knowledge explanations
A Level Notebook Computer Science 9618   See my Preparations

I Miss my School Campus

My school campus takes a great advantage for me to enjoy a productive environment. Not only can I speak English with my classmates, but also I can enjoy a regular timetable. Unlike my home, I need to face and overcome a handful of restrictions.

Speaking English with my Classmates

In fact, I am the only person who can speak excellent English in my family.

So, I have no chance to practice English with my family because my parents cannot speak English at all. I have to use the English version of Siri to do that.

In the GCGS school campus, however, I have the opportunity and environment to speak with my classmates with the use of English. I have already made this promise before entering senior high school, which was written and mentioned in this article last year.

I Love GCGS Sign in my School

Enjoying a Regular Schedule

My school has a regular schedule with which we can start studying, have meals and sleep at fixed time points.

However, my schedule at home is irregular and variable. With an irregular schedule, student's workflow can be interrupted at any time and hence the productivity will be at the bottom point, especially when solving a big mathematical question.

For instance, I have to wait for breakfast after getting up in the morning at home. I may be called at any time to eat lunch and dinner. This is because different family members get up at different time points and they have different plans from day to day.

Related Knowledge

Now, I am going to talk about an IGCSE Computer Science (0478) knowledge: Interrupt

Interrupt is a signal sent by hardware or software that tells the operating system to do some specific urgent actions.

The keyboard and mouse can produce interrupt signals to the computer. For example, when the letter "A" has been pressed, the computer receives the signal and hence the letter A is displayed on the screen. The signal is also generated and sent back to the computer when the printer has printed a document successfully, or an error has occurred.

Irregular schedule is related to this. I usually receive an interrupt signal from my parents when the meal is ready at lunchtime. Also, I can be interrupted when someone asks me to explain a complex knowledge point.

My Other Achievements

Apart from being recruited by the college, I have also got diverse achievements and honours so far.

Since 2019, I have been featured by Aipei English, TCTM Programming and Phoenix City International School as a star student.

Recently, I have got a scholarship in the Oxbridge summer school, which involves 1,000 CNY and a free A Level recorded course.

See you at Oxbridge College!

These are my details about being recruited by and entering the Oxbridge College in my school. I hope you can have a wonderful A Level study journey and get better results in the exam!

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