Take a leap on your CAS Reflections during Summers!

As soon as the summer begins, we all start dreaming to cherish summer to its whole. Especially, when you are just finished with your 1st year of IBDP, it feels a huge relief but with the ending year, IBDP year 2 seems just on the head and there is a lot of stuff to do in the upcoming year.

One of the hustling tasks is CAS reflections. What if we tell you that in between vibing in summers, you can utilize this time gracefully to stay ahead with your CAS reflections. After all, starting early is way better than regretting later.

This article is all about the hacks on what to do and how to prepare ahead for your CAS projects and reflections.

What exactly is CAS Reflection?

One of the important elements of the IBDP course is CAS.

Planning, writing a final plan, collecting all the data, and finalizing the draft for your reflection are everything a student has to go through to do well in the CAS reflections. A good reflection is what you understood and gained throughout the whole experience. To obtain a good score, students should always have a review of what they have accomplished, what challenges they have encountered, and what they have earned during the process.

Ideally when one should start writing CAS Reflections?

In our opinion, the ideal time to start preparing for your CAS reflection is right after finishing your CAS activity. How it can help you as your mind will be fresh and you have just gone through the project so you can easily put it down into words. In this way, you can have plenty of time to spend the summer holidays as well. But, always start with a reflection on all the activities you have done in your school. Ideally, you should start with your feelings, what difficulties you faced, and how well you handled them. Start with one step and then finish it nicely.

How does one nicely structure CAS Reflections?

A good structure reflection can improve your chances of scoring higher. Therefore, try to structure your reflection in a well-organized way. It will be easier

for your CAS tutor to have a good read. 

Below are some guidelines on how to structure well:

  • Why did you start the project?
  • What challenges have you encountered?
  • What have you gained from it?
  • What personal development have you made?
  • What were the flaws?

Likewise, prepare some questions for yourself as well to judge your reflections such as:

  • Why do I take this step?
  • What do I feel?
  • What challenges did I face?
  • How did I encounter the problems?
  • What impression this experience has left on me?
  • What have I observed from others?

Surely during summers will have enough time to prepare well for your CAS Reflection and we hope these hacks will help you to do all right in your CAS Reflection journey.

Good Luck from Blen!