7 Struggles of Students Studying in a Chinese School

Calligraphy and singing, anyone?
by Reins Mikalyn Melitante   |  Jul 21, 2017
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Studying in a Chinese school can be pretty tough. Memorizing the Chinese vocabulary and writing Chinese calligraphy are just some of the common struggles every student has to face when in school. Looking from a different perspective, people tend to praise Chinese students for their diligence, commitment, and hard work, but what they don't know is that in order for Chinese students to achieve their respective goals, they have to go through quite a rough path. Here are some of them.

  1. Tests

When it comes to Chinese tests, it's a little known fact that Chinese students are always serious about getting good scores. These students tend to have unusual study habits such as writing down Chinese words repeatedly just so they could familiarize them. Exams like these somehow gave way to a newfound disease called the "Chinese Fever." This fever commonly happens before the test, wherein students are soaked up with Chinese and exhausted from all those hours of studying.

  1. Notes

During every Chinese class, students are required to take down notes in a lesson plan wherein we are usually tasked to construct Chinese sentences and essays with a given amount of words. If some Chinese words are written incorrectly, teachers require having their students to write it down once again (usually five more times) so that they can familiarize their mistakes.

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  1. Calligraphy

A Chinese student once asked her teacher the purpose of writing Chinese calligraphy, and she respectfully replied it was for "discipline." Chinese calligraphies are different from the usual ABC hand lettering. Of course, words are to be written in Chinese, however, it also requires holding the brush in a specific hand position. Moreover, these words are written in a standard Chinese paper. These papers contain margins of boxes all around it and it is also for the sake of organization and cleanliness. Writing Chinese Calligraphy may get tricky, for it really takes time to learn the proper skills and techniques.

  1. Oral exams

Studying Chinese is not all about writing and calligraphy, but also about speaking Mandarin. For some students, Chinese orals can be tough, because they're obliged to speak impromptu. Nevertheless, speaking also acts like a tool for training; to not only learn the language by hand but also by heart. Hence, students are encouraged to speak orally so that teachers could correct their grammars.

  1. Singing

Chinese singing is normally counted as oral tests, wherein students are required to learn at least 3-5 songs every school year. During singing orals, teachers always encourage their students to sing with strong vocals, so that they can correctly interpret the intonation of the Chinese words. Plus, students with great voices get picked to join singing competitions against other Chinese schools. 

  1. Arts and Crafts

Chinese arts and crafts can differ from time to time. There would be drawing, sketching, origami making, and card making. When it comes to coloring, some Chinese teachers are keen on having their students color their works more boldly and without erasures. They are very strict when it comes to cleanliness and organization; hence, if your work is a mess, it leads to a minus in your grade.

  1. High grades

Chinese parents are always strict with their kids when it comes to attaining higher grades and honors, which means getting a passing mark isn't enough.

When it comes to choosing courses for colleges, Chinese parents always encourage their children to take up medicine, law or any course that would be helpful when they take over the family business.

Although the Chinese have strict education systems, it's beneficial in a way that it trains their students to become more disciplined and knowledgeable, so that students can easily face life's challenges and bring honor to the Chinese culture heritage?

Want to write about your personal experiences in school? Feel free to leave a comment below or submit your story to us!

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Reins Mikalyn Melitante
Candymag.com Correspondent
I'm a traveling fashion blogger and part-time model based in Manila. I'm an IB student by day and a future fashion designer by night, I am your quintessential chinita who loves to sketch and write.
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