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Strategies for success from a star student

As one one ACG School Jakarta’s top scholars, Anirudh Sripathi was thrilled to receive an outstanding five A* grades (90% and above) and four A grades (80% and above) in his recent Cambridge IGCSE exams. Now in Year 12, he shares his IGCSE experience with the ACG community.
ACG School Jakarta Year 12 student, Anirudh Sripathi

Getting plenty of sleep, studying online with friends, and breaking down topics into manageable chunks are just a few of the study techniques subscribed to ACG School Jakarta’s Anirudh Sripathi.

They’re tactics that have served him well. In his recent IGCSE Cambridge International examinations, the studious 16-year-old received five A* grades (English, biology, chemistry, global perspectives and English literature) and four A grades (economics, physics, mathematics and Bahasa Indonesian).
“I’m very pleased with my results, especially considering we are in the middle of a pandemic, so it’s been a tough time for students. However, I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish,” says Anirudh. 

Although he admits “it took a lot of hard work, dedication and time”, he enjoyed every step of his Cambridge IGCSE journey.

“I think the main highlight of Year 11 was the time I spent studying my different subjects. While that might sound tedious to some, I found studying quietly in the comfort of home to be quite enjoyable – it kept me occupied during the lockdown and improved my knowledge and understanding at the same time. Acknowledging that there is always room for improvement, I view studying as an invigorating endeavour that helps me be a more knowledgeable person.”

And with exceptional teachers, an outstanding online learning programme, and a cohort of equally enthusiastic classmates, Anirudh has had a great deal of support.

“ACG students are nurtured in an environment where everyone realises the importance of studying hard, and we are all motivated to do our best. Teachers make learning fun and interesting, which encourages us to participate more actively during lessons. At ACG, we believe in lifting each other up and helping each other out throughout our studies.”

From online quizzes to one-on-one conversations, teachers work hard to connect with and empower students to achieve their full potential.

“My teachers support my endeavours in various ways – different teachers have different approaches, but they are all beneficial. At ACG School Jakarta, the teaching is of a high calibre, so I know I’m always in good hands!”

But it’s not just the teachers who have made Anirudh’s IGCSE experience rewarding. The curriculum itself has been another high point in his learning.

 “What I like most about the Cambridge Curriculum is that it is recognised globally and is known for being prestigious and rigorous, so it will add to my credibility when it comes to university applications and my further studies. It’s quite challenging for sure, but Cambridge offers a wide array of subjects and has enabled me to explore many different areas of learning. These learnings will be of great assistance as I continue my academic journey.”

Now embarking on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), he feels well equipped for the task ahead.

“My IGCSE results have given me more confidence that I’ll be able to do well in the IBDP. And while it’s quite challenging, I’m looking forward to tackling more difficult topics and creating even more efficient study habits so that I can continue to thrive.”

With hopes of studying medicine at university, Anirudh has plenty of incentive to excel.

“My aspiration is to become a surgeon. I’m really interested in the human body, and being able to save lives and help people would give me a strong sense of satisfaction. Personally, I think it is important to play a meaningful role in society.”

For the next few years, though, his focus will remain very much at ACG School Jakarta.

“I absolutely love being a student here. I’ve made so many new friends and met so many teachers over the last six years. ACG is a community with a strong sense of belonging, a community that always has time for others and always provides comfort and support when anyone is struggling. It’s wonderful.”

Anirudh’s top tips for IGCSE success:

  • Collaborate with one another – sharing ideas enables everyone to learn something.
  • Utilise all the resources, materials and assistance at your fingertips – don’t be afraid to ask your teachers for help and make good use of all the textbooks, workbooks and other teaching materials they provide you with.
  • Always remember, exams are important, but they’re not the end of the road – try your hardest to get the best possible grades, but don’t feel let down by your scores as they do not define you as a person.