Students in the Integrated Programme face unique challenges unlike those in the O Level stream. Sometimes, even teachers or tutors who are not experienced in teaching IP students may not understand them. The main challenges come from the IP curriculum being catered to high ability students – the environment is highly competitive, while students are expected to be independent learners and thinkers.
As a parent or incoming IP student, you may want to find out what being an IP student is like. We hope the below sharing helps you understand the difficulties that IP students usually face, and let you know that we are here to support you in this IP journey.
IP schools are the top of their league for secondary schools in Singapore, simply because they only accept the top percentage of PSLE-scorers. By that fact alone, IP schools are filled with highly intelligent and talented students. Expectations run high, not just from students themselves, but from teachers, parents, and even society at large.
This can cause a highly stressful environment for students, which can be particularly difficult for teens who are still learning how to regulate their emotions. Not to mention, it is easy for IP students to become demoralised amongst the pool of talents – the standard of exams is tougher, and their competitors are smarter.
While some students will thrive in such conditions, some students will end up buckling under the pressure. For most, it will be a constant struggle to juggle all their commitments, expectations, and notions of their self-worth.