The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will help to determine student’s future study. The higher a student scored, the higher the probability of opportunities being offered. I found my struggles in the literacy part of the SAT. Throughout the practice tests, I had always scored higher in math. Now that knowing what I can improved, I had spent a lot of time on the language and writing part of the test. It was hard at the beginning because there’s no one correct answers in the literacy compared to math. It requires us to think critically and to make many connections. I’ve been using Khan Academy to help myself with some grammar and language practices. My literacy scored had improved almost every time I take the practice test and I am hoping to do well on the real test. It’s hard, but I’m not giving up.
For the past year, Liger had been working closely with Khmer Sight Foundation to have to bring back the vision of Cambodia people, help them to see better. Khmer Sight Foundation is a non-profit organization that offer free eyes-surgery to Cambodian people with eyes’ problems. Many Liger’s students had volunteered to help Khmer Sight Foundation with translating and assisting the doctors. Some students even got the chances to volunteered twice or three times. This year, we had realized that we can make bigger impact and help to the Khmer Sight Foundation. From the experience on different screening, we’ve discovered different error that we can fix to better the experience of the patient during the screening. We start this round by contacting with the Foundation and brainstorm ideas of how we can improve the screening experience. We thoughts of many ideas and we even get the chance to meet the representative of the foundation to discuss our idea and to get their opinion about it. At last, we had finalized some main goals we want to get done for the Khmer Sight Foundation. This project will continue to another round the next step would be to actually implement our ideas on an actual screening and to look for more feedback.
There is so much room for me to improve in math. In the second term, I was asked to take the MAP Math test again to track the progress I’ve made since the last time I took it. I was a little nervous, not really secure because I think that I might not do very well this time. But, it turned out that the work I’ve put into practicing and working on problems in Khan Academy or using a textbook had made a very big improvement. The last time I took it, I was placed around the 80th percentile and this time I took it, I scored in an approximately 97th percentile, meaning that I scored higher than 97% of the people who take the same test. This results clearly showed great progress and that means I don’t have to take MAP MATH test again.
Throughout the past two months, in our chemistry class, we learned a variety of topics regarding balancing molecule, Lewis dot diagram, states of matter, and more. Along with the lessons, we also worked on many labs and out of all, the S’more Making Lab would be my favorite. At the very end of round two at school, we were learning about the chemical reaction and start off by learning limit and excess reactants. To help our learning, our facilitator decided to bring the S’more Lab to the students and that really cheer us up. S’more is a well-known snack among our foreign facilitators. It comprises of marshmallow, cracker, and pieces of chocolate candy. In the lab, our facilitator would give us a different amount of the ingredients and would have us identify the limiting and excess reactants and calculate the percent yields of it. At last, besides learning, we even get to make our S’more and eat it. The one I made was so delicious and I am hoping to have more lab that is similar to this. What a great way to have students participate and learn a “not fun” topics.