Caicai is a current Grade 12 student study in MacDuffie, Granby, MA. Because of the influence of this global pandemic, he chose to fly back to China in March. In order to improve his study efficiency and better prepare for the coming application season, he contacted Shanghai MacDuffie School spontaneously and became a member of the temporary class. Since then, he started his journey of taking online courses in our school.
As a highly self-disciplined student, Caicai is both a great language learner and an excellent leader. Through teachers’ guidance and independent learning, he got 115 in TOEFL, 1500 in SAT. He is completely fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English, as well as a passionate learner of French. Now, he keeps maintaining GPA at 4.18/4.33.
02 Daily Routine
Next, let's follow Caicai's step and start to explore students' daily routine in the temporary class of Shanghai MacDuffie!
8:00 a.m. - 11：30 a.m.
Facing the morning sun, after eating breakfast, Caicai always chooses to walk around the campus and breathes fresh air.
Later, in order to strengthen the previous knowledge, he will use several hours to review yesterday's online class and communicate with teachers in the U.S. via email.
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The two hours after lunch is the time for students to concentrate on self-study. Although everyone's courses are different, in order to ensure that everyone has a fixed collective life and enhance the cohesion of the class, the homeroom teacher has arranged a specific time period for everyone to do self-study according to each student's schedule. Meanwhile, teachers will give extra support to help students solve difficulties.
As a senior in 12th grade, Cai takes the responsibility of helping younger students. In addition to completing his own tasks, he also facilitates peer support in class.
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Approaching the evening, after finishing classwork, students start to walk around the campus. Smelling the scent of osmanthus in the air, bathed in the golden sunlight, all of them cannot help to raise the camera in their hands and began to explore the beauty of autumn.
Students also actively engage in club activities.
6：00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
After a dinner break, Cai will come to the school's activity room to play table tennis with teachers.
6：30 p.m. -10：30 p.m.
Since students in the temporary class take online lessons in the evening, the homeroom teacher has arranged evening self-study according to each student's situation. Caicai participates in the evening self-study every day during the first period. After the evening self-study, he will start his online class. To maintain a regular daily schedule, he applied for a combination of live and broadcasting classes.
03 Caicai's Tips
In the last part, let's see what Caicai wants to share with us.
I think the most important thing is to develop good habits, especially time management. Although now I can't study in the US, I still try to combine study with extra-curricular activities here in Shanghai MacDuffie. In this way, I can get relaxed and improve my learning efficiency simultaneously.