THE 2019 PT3 (Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3/Form 3 Assessment) results are expected to be out on Dec 19. Students and parents are waiting for the outcome.
Some will have their wishes fulfilled. Some will find their results short of expectations and others will wish they have put in more effort.
What should be uppermost in the minds of students is that they will advance to Form Four next year.
For all students, I have advice for you.Firstly, reflect on what you had gone through in preparation for the exam. More importantly, you should think through how to improve on your study methods and processes so that you can be more effective and efficient in your learning.
Consult friends, parents and teachers. Hold on to the truth that ‘You reap what you sow’.
Perseverance and diligence are key.There is no shortcut to acquiring knowledge and skills.
Secondly, when you start Form Four next year, you can choose your subjects.
This is an initiative of the Education Ministry that beginning next year, Form Four students will not be streamed into Arts or Science.
Instead, students can choose from packages that combine Science and Arts subjects.
Nevertheless, constraints of facilities and availability of qualified teachers may restrict schools in providing all options.
You may find yourself having to pick a package that does not contain all the subjects you want.
You need to take a subject or two that are not in your wish list.
Trust that if you have an interest in and can excel in subjects you have chosen and offered to do, you can also summon interest to master the one or two subjects that are not to your liking.
We are talking of subjects to be taught and learnt at SPM level.
If you have confidence in the subjects of your choice, you can one day move on to degree and even master’s or PhD level.
You should have the confidence to tackle and do reasonably well in any subject at SPM level if you put in the effort.
An interesting example is the inclusion of History as a compulsory subject in SPM.
Given a choice, in the old set-up, few Science stream students will opt for History.
But note how the Science students scored over the years in the History papers.
It was not just rote learning that saw them through.
There were tough questions that required analytical and critical thinking.
If there is will, there is a way. You must cultivate this attitude as you move on to upper secondary schooling.
A healthy mind needs a healthy body.
You need to eat well, exercise enough and rest well to keep your body healthy. All work and no play make makes Jack a dull boy.
LIONG KAM CHONG
Seremban, Negri Sembilan
The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the New Straits Times