New Head Boy Josh Signal reveals his study secrets

Josh Signal is a Year 12 student at Bangkok Prep. Half-Filipino and half-New Zealander, he has been at the school since Year 2, and will be the new Head Boy next year. After achieving eight A stars in his iGCSEs, he shares his secrets about what makes him such a successful student.

How does it feel to be the new Head Boy?

It has been a great honour to be selected for the role of next year’s Head Boy. Growing up seeing previous students performing well in the role inspired me continue their work and help the school in any way possible. Specifically, my largest goals are to get students more involved in decisions regarding their learning environment while building upon what Krit and Punn have done this year in promoting student leadership across Secondary.

What advice do you have for younger students to be successful in their studies?

Many students have come up to me about this and I always tell them to get work done early. A habit I’ve had through both Primary and Secondary was to do homework at the earliest opportunity, not giving myself the opportunity to procrastinate. Doing work early gives you more time to complete tasks to a high standard and relieves the stress of going through the week having to think about the list of things you need to do.

Also, learn to love learning. Taking ownership of your learning and realising the value of the information your experienced teachers are teaching helps you to be motivated and pay more attention to what they say in class. I feel this is the main thing that helps the knowledge ‘stick’ in my mind, because if you love what you learn, you’re more likely to remember it.

How many years have you been at Bangkok Prep, and what’s your first memory?

I joined Bangkok Prep when I was in Year 2. My first memory is of walking into the classroom full of tiny chairs and seeing my tall but welcoming teacher with a big smile on her face, welcoming the young students. At the time, the assembly hall was just a large space on the second floor. To see what the school has become and moving into the new campus next year, makes me so proud and very excited.

What have been your favourite subjects to study and why?

I would say Maths has always been my favourite subject but it was never clear cut above the rest. It’s great because there’s a sense of satisfaction to be had from seeing a problem, and then being able to solve it. I really like most of my subjects because I love learning new things, no matter the topic! My second favourite is probably Economics, because its very logical and the thought processes have elements of both complexity and straightforwardness.

What sports do you play, and what school teams have you been a member of?

I mostly play basketball and swim, but I’ve also been a member of the football team (and netball team when we had one).

Do you have any hobbies?

When I have spare time I like to watch TV series online (I’m a big fan of Agents of Shield, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead), occasionally play video games (something I’m trying to do less of) and spend time with my friends when I can.

What are your plans for the future?

It has been very hard to decide what direction to go in my life. There are many things to consider in terms of university, where to live, and so on. The ideal scenario would be to get accepted into a good US university with a scholarship for Maths and Economics.

Another option would be to go to one of the good universities in New Zealand (where my dad is from) and get my full citizenship (since I’m half Filipino). Overall, my main objective is to make the most out of my life, learn as much as I can and have fun along the way.

Click here to read an interview with new Head Girl Helena Opdal

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