Frequently Answered Questions

Last Updated: Jan. 17, 2021 12:00 PM

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Where are you from?

I am from Guangzhou, China but my hometown is in Guangxi Province.

Where do you live in?

I live in Phoenix City, Guangzhou, China. It is a living area at the edge of Guangzhou. There are many foreigners so that I have an opportunity to practice English.

How 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 had an IELTS test, with a band 6.0 score.

Why does your English grammar usually wrong?

I am from China and I have a lot of Chinese Classes. Also, I didn't study well until 2019, so I need some time to improve my English skills.

Do you use English or Chinese to talk with my 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 new school will use English to teach knowledge at all.

What is 1603?

It was my personal password previously since 2013, but it becomes my personal code / PIN since January 2018. It can identify me by this number, so my username and my website’s domain use “kendeng1603” instead of “kendeng” to avoid the conflict.

Tip: You can search “Ken Deng 1603” or "Ken's Study Journey" on Google or Bing to find me easily.


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

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

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

It has a website:

Do you need to have accommodation in senior high school?

It is essential to live in the school during my senior high studying journey because any of the senior high schools I want to go into is far away from my home, whatever the school I will be in.

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

What is the type of your course?

The type of my course is IGCSE, in which I can learn many knowledge based on my interests.

Does your school have uniforms?

Yes, it does. It has multiple colours and we wear different colours on different days.

Please note: It is against my school rule for not wearing school uniform or wearing it as a wrong colour.

Does your school allow or ban electronic devices?

My school bans electronic devices such as cellphones or iPads. It can prevent students from playing games all day, even in the class.

What is your study routine in senior high school?

There is more pressure during my senior high school life and it will follow this principle: remember English words after get up, read books for at least an hour every day, watch an English movie every Friday evening.

I have my excellent study approaches, reducing my burden on studying, improving my study efficiency, and having enough sleeping time.

Also, I often post my schedule on my website. You can go to to see my schedule.

What is your study plan for each grade in senior high school?

Grade 10 (the 1st year): Prepare for the IELTS exam.

Grade 11 (the 2nd year): Do some activities related to my major I will study in the university.

Grade 12 (the 3rd year): Prepare for studying in a university or college.

Website and Blog

Why did you start your personal website and blog?

I want to share my ideas and practice my English and writing ability.

Also, I have my own study strategy and tips, so I want to share them to others to encourage students to study effectively and get excellent results.

In addition, I want to make English friends worldwide.

What is your update period of your blog?

Regularly, I publish new articles on my blog at weekend. I publish an article every 2-4 weeks.

In fact, the curriculums in senior high school are quite difficult and the study tasks will be very hard. If one of the following situations happens, I will send a notice and pause updating my public resources.

  1. 2 weeks before mid-semester exam, final exam, or other important exams.
  2. Dramatic decrease on my scores.
  3. Too many assessments or study tasks. (more than 5)

During the holidays (such as winter/summer vacation), I publish 1-2 articles every 1-4 days.

Why do you use reCAPTCHA to protect your website?

My website received too many spam comments, messages and emails, and my server was almost crashed.

Note: I upgraded the reCAPTCHA to v3 from the old v2 checkbox to prevent users from being interrupted. My server has been recording the scores for reCAPTCHA v3 to prevent spam.

Why did you add the Chinese language to your website and blog?

I am going to give an opportunity to foreigners in China to practice Chinese. Also, many Chinese friends and my parents cannot use English. So, I made my website bilingual between English and Chinese-Simplified.

In fact, my website only has an English version after I have built my website on February 2019 until September 2019.