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As Monday, October 30th is approaching, 10th graders are under a rapidly growing stress that is caused by none other than Personal Project. This MYP requirement has been on our minds since last year and every single one of us, ones who had been procrastinating up until now, as well as the ones who had been strictly on schedule all this time and are completely done with their product, are all dreading the upcoming due date. We are constantly finding out about the new information that we need to include in our process journals, these being about the ATL skills, the research, the bibliography and the success criteria. Some of us are having to deal with unhelpful, unreachable supervisors and some of us are having to make significant changes with our projects, due to overbearing supervisors. Additionally, we are all suffering from an inconvenience that is called ‘Managebac’. Therefore, while some of us completed our products prior to the beginning of the school year, and some of us have really only started right before October break, the stress is inevitable. So here is some advice for the future 10th graders to minimise the amount of stress and anxiety that they will need to face due to the Personal Project product.

 

  1. Create a timeline and actually stick to it.

Believe it or not, this is manageable and it will help you a lot. It will prevent you from falling behind and having to stress over the completion of your product in the last minute.

 

  1. Update your process journal every time you work on your project.

This will be very convenient in the long run since you won’t need to spend time trying to remember everything that you did, in the last minute. It is enough if you write a few sentences that summarise what you did that day. Also, remember that having an accurate process journal is important as it will support you significantly when you are writing your report.

 

  1. Have a process journal on Google Drive, as well as Managebac.

This is important since Managebac might not always be reliable when you are recording your process, as the software has glitches at times. Also, it’s always beneficial to have a backup for your process journal.

 

  1. Let your supervisor know what you want to do with your project and why.

Remember that this is YOUR project and it is important that you stand up to your supervisor if you need to. They may not always realise if they are shifting your project into something that you don’t find engaging and it is your duty to let them know if they are doing this.

 

  1. Choose a project that you will enjoy.

This is perhaps the most important advice because if your personal project isn’t something you enjoy, it will begin to feel like a burden. On the other hand, if you choose something that genuinely interests you, you will enjoy working on it and won’t struggle nor procrastinate as much. You could even use it as an opportunity to accomplish something that you have always wanted to do.

 

Overall, due to its many complications, Personal Project is very likely to get stressful, however, it is in your power to minimise this stress.

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Doğa U., Journalist

My name is Doğa and I am currently in grade 11. I was born in Istanbul and I lived there until I was 10 years old, which was when I moved to Switzerland....

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