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剑桥颁奖典礼学生代表Renee演讲| 做最积极、最坚定的思考者
2017年11月14日

 尊敬的女士们、先生们,大家下午好。非常感谢大家给我这次演讲的机会。我是吉文迪Renee, 我是一名在深圳国际交流学院读A2年级的学生,我也是众多心怀感激的剑桥学子之一。 

首先,我想代表在座的所有学生们由衷的感谢我们的老师,学校以及剑桥;感谢他们给予我们这些珍贵的机会-给予我们受教育的机会;让我们不断进步以成为更好的自己机会;给予我们坐在教室里读书,听讲,考试以及可能考进享誉世界的大学的机会。在如今我们生活的这个社会里,这些是十分美好却又很难得的机会,所以我想再次向各位老师表示我由衷的感激之情。

 

但是教育当然不仅仅只是关于考试与大学。我们是 ‘剑桥学子,而 ‘学习’’是一个动词,一个过程,不是简单的一个结果。一位博学的教育家曾经说过(好吧事实上这句话是我从一个大学网站上复制粘贴上来的…)

 

教育的本质并不是你在考试中获得的分数,而是获得批判性、独立思考、写作、推理和交流的能力——这是所有职业的基础。  


很多人问我,你在学校最喜欢的课是什么,我并没有答复一个具体的科目,而是告诉他们是在实验室上的课。然后他们会问:为什么?“此时我会回答说:“因为那是我觉得自己像个科学家的时候”。  

当然,在科学实验中,学习这些理论和方程式是很重要的,这些理论已经经过了无数实验的检验和验证。通过学习理论和公式,我们继承和庆祝古今中外科学家们的伟业。但是当我们在实验室里,接触烧杯,化学物质和操纵电压表的时候,我们更接近于那些假设被投入测试的地方,我们更接近科学学科的科学部分。现在我在A2,我们自己设计实验。

 

学心理课的时候,(顺便一提,这也是一门科学学科)我们总是需要设计实验。事实上AS心理就是以学习实验开始的。通过学习操作独立因变量,并控制变量,我们开始学着像科学家一样思考。

 

基于实验的考试三卷(实验操作和五卷(实验设计和数据分析在帮助我们培养科学思维方面是很有价值的。在评估实验方法时,我们开始批判性地思考。我们从被动的知识接受者转向积极的思考者。 

 

但是出色的实验操作和答对题的能力远远是不够的。没有付出与努力,只靠聪明是永远不够的。AS心理考试的时候,我们有时会被问到心理论文中最小最不起眼的细节。为了回答正确的问题,我们必须牢牢记住许多研究论文。我曾经质疑为什么在考试中这些问题会出现:如果我把实验中的被试婴儿们的年龄记成13个月,而不是14个月,又有什么关系呢?他们到底在测试我们什么?难道是在考我们的记忆力吗?头上戴着这么多大大的问号,我去请教了我的老师。他对我说:嗯,有时考试是关于决心与动力的。为了在考试中取得好成绩,你是否有足够的动力去记住研究论文中的所有细节?是的我想也许出题人是想看到我们的决心。


我敢说,在中国或世界各地参加过这次考试的学生中,我们可能没有最高的智商,但我们绝对是最积极、最坚定的学生。我们努力在课前预习功课,复习课堂笔记,做真题,整理复习错题,做更多的真题,整理复习更多错题。这也是我们今天来到这里的原因之一,不是为了庆祝爸妈给予我们的天生智慧,而是为了对自己说出这几个字:我们做到了!

 

 

 

但努力和智慧有时也不足够。即使我们有良好的思维能力,即使我们很努力努力,我们今天也可能无法有机会参加这个颁奖典礼。我敢说,我们得到的考试结果有至少细微的的机会和运气成分。我们得到的结果不仅取决于我们的努力和付出而且取决于我们完全无法控制的种种因素考试教室的照明状况,考试教室蚊子的饥饿程度,非常nice的阅卷人们在批改我们卷子时的心情他们是否非常集中,因为我们的论文是他们一大清早批改的第一批试卷;或者他们的注意力是否不再很集中因为繁忙的改卷一天已经接近尾声了这些都是我们根本无控制的因素。这一次,命运眷顾了坐在这里的我们,这些不可控因素恰巧都对我们有利。我们是在这里接受奖项的幸运儿们。

 

  

 

但在其他时候,我们可能没有那么幸运。这些不可控因素可能不会有利于我们。有时,即使我们付出了很多很多的努力,我们最终可能仍然无法得到我们想要的结果,因为这些结果还可能取决于其他人做什么。


And it’s okay,这些都没有关系,因为这就是生活,这就是生活的本质,充满了机遇与巧合与不可控力。但我只是希望,在这样的时刻,我们可以告诉自己it’s okay,没关系的,在我们失败的时候,我们仍然可以拥有同样的带着我们走到今天这一步,来到这个颁奖典礼的激情和决心。因为我相信机遇永远是留给有准备之人的。

 

最后,祝大家大学申请好运。

谢谢大家。

 



 

原文:

Good afternoon, ladies and gentleman. Thank you for having me here today. I am Wendi, I am an A2 student from Shenzhen College of International Education. And I am one of the many grateful CIE learners.

 

First of all, I just want to thank all of my teachers, our teachers for their amazing classes and valuable advice in guiding us in the pursuit of subject knowledge. And I want to thank the people at CIE for giving us this great opportunity to sit in the classrooms and take exams so that we could get into some of the most prestigious universities in the world.In this society we live in, we rarely get the chance to make our lives better by just reading books, doing past papers and taking exams. So thank you again,SCIE and all the other schools here, and the CIE people, for this beautiful and rare opportunity.

 

But there is more. There is more to exams and universities. We are CIE learners. And learning is a verb, an action, a process rather than a result. Awise educator once said, (well, actually I just copied this from the website ofYale University):

 

‘The essence of education is not what scores you get in the exams but  gaining the ability to think critically and independently and to write, reason, and communicate clearly –the foundation for all professions.’

 

Many people have asked me, what is your favorite class at school,instead of stating a specific subject, I’d tell them: the lab-based class.‘Why?’ they’d ask. To which I would reply: ‘Because that is when I feel like a scientist.’

 

Of course, in the case of science subjects, it is important to learn the theories and equations, these theories have been tested and verified by tons of experiments done in the past. By learning these, we are inheriting and celebrating the work of great scientists. But it is when we are in the lab,touching the beakers, chemicals and manipulating voltmeters, that we get closer to the where the hypotheses are actually put into testing, that we get closer to the ‘scientific’ part of the science subjects. Now I am in A2, and it’s even better, we get to design the experiments ourselves. 

 

And for psychology, which is also a science subject, by the way, we are always required to design experiments. We actually start first from learning experiments when in A1. And it is at those moments of learning to operationalise the independent and dependent variables and in controlling the constant variables, that we start to learn to think like scientists.

 

The lab-based classes and the paper3s and paper5s are valuable in helping us developing a scientific mindset. And in evaluating the methodologies of the experiments, we start to think critically. We turn from passive receivers of knowledge to active thinkers.

 

And there is more to it, there is more to being smart, excelling at lab sessions, and getting the questions right. Being smart is never enough without the hard work. You know, for paper 1 in psychology, we sometimes get asked the most excruciating details in the research papers. I once questioned why this is even asked in the exams: what difference does it make if I remember the infants’ age in the experiments as 13 months or instead of 14? What are they really testing us? Memory capacity? So I went to ask my teacher, to which he replied: well, sometimes it’s about motivation. Are you motivated enough to remember all the details in the research papers in order to get good results in the exams? Yes, I thought; maybe they want to see our determination. 

 

I dare say that we may not have the highest IQs among the students who have taken this test in China or around the world, but we are definitely among the most motivated and determined ones. We have put so much hard work into previewing for classes, revising class notes, doing past papersand revising past papers; and doing more past papers, and revising even more past papers. And that’s part of the reason why we are here today, not to celebrate the intelligence that mom and dad give us, but to acknowledge the fact that we’ve made it.

 

But there is more. Indeed more. Even if we have good thinking skills, even if we have worked hard, we might not still get here today. There is, I dare say again, a slight component of chance and luck in the results we get. The results do not only depend on our hard work, they also depend on things that are just out of our control: the lighting in the exam room, whether the mosquitos in the exam rooms are hungry, the mood of the nice people who mark our papers, whether they just had big fight with others or just received good news, if they were very concentrated because our papers were the first papers they mark in the morning or if they became tired because it was approaching the end… These are just out of our control. 

 

This time, things work out for us. We are the ones accepting the awards. But at other times, we may get so lucky. Things may not work out in favor of us. Sometimes even if we have worked really very hard, we may still not get the results we want, because the decisions may depend on what other people do as well. But I just hope, that, in times like these, in times when we fail, we can still have the same determination that has brought us here today.

 

And finally, very best luck to your university applications. Thank you very much.

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