from my family and teachers, I wouldn't have taken part in national competitions and been selected for the national team at the IBO.
Inner Sanctum: What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of Vietnamese contestants at these competitions?
For the Vietnamese team, I can see that we are strong in theory and calculation. However, we don't have much access to updated scientific and technical knowledge, partly due to limited foreign language competency. In addition, experimentation is also a weakness for us sometimes.
Inner Sanctum: Biology doesn't get the same attention as maths, literature or English, and many parents and students don't think it's worth pursuing. What do you think?
I think it is partly due to the way the subject is taught. It may be not interesting enough to attract and engage students.
Inner Sanctum: Most schools in Vieät Nam focus mostly on theory due to limited resources for experimental activities. How have you overcome this difficulty to improve your experimental skills?
After being selected for the national team, we got the chance to experiment more. Our teachers also put more emphasis on experiments, investing more time on it and trying to take us on visits to universities to