SPM is a past to me, a mere grain of sand in the distant bygone. SPM is hyped as one of the most important examinations in Malaysians’ eyes. It would grant parents the prerogative to strut as proud as a peacock when their children score straight As. However, this would not last long, literally after the exam, I thought about this as one of the ‘major’ stepping stones in life.
During primary Malaysians had UPSR, then we had PT3 during our third high school year and we are not allowed to jump classes, unless you are exceptionally smart, but it would not happen for us average and above average students. When we were having UPSR and PT3, the hype is there also, it was as if the world would stop spinning if we screw up in any of these examinations.
If you happen to come across this post, this excerpt, this dose of motivation for you to study, yes and no, you are at the right place but at the wrong time, perhaps too early or too late (a few nights before SPM or even the night before it), but anytime is also a bad time, just take this piece of hack from your scarred senior.
#1 Study. Everyday.
Yes you see it, everyday. Regardless of any knowledge, just study for everyday, no matter long or short hours, even a fifteen minute wait at the bus stop, fling out a book and study because consistency in studying has proven that everyone could score. The adage- Rome is not built in a day, depicts the life of learners, it is because you use it everyday, you would harness enough knowledge, and you will be able to do it, akin to using a language fluently.
There is this stratagem that I found when I was desperately searching for ways to motivate and catch myself up with SPM. It is proven that if you could not teach, present a concept, a theory, something clearly to anything or anyone, you did not utterly understand the something. Re-read the concept again, and present it to something or somebody, do not be afraid of making mistakes because humans err, and if you have no one to present to, tell it to your favourite pillow or pet, you would have nothing to lose.
#3 Pay FULL attention in class.
You might say the teacher is useless, not teaching anything, or even worse not even appearing in class. Yes, I had a teacher as such, not just one, but many. It is a piteous situation for those gung-ho students. These type of ‘failed’ teachers are not supposed to exist but it do because imperfections.
If something as such happens, it is a misfortune, you might need to seek help from tuition teachers or you friends. Anyhow, if someone is conveying a knowledge to you, pay full attention to it, albeit it is a repetition, it could also enhance your understanding about the particular concept.
#4 Cut down on social media.
It is a crime shame, a devastation when looking at teenagers ‘worshiping’ their phones from time to time. Most of them were wasting time on social media, for now cutting down is just nice, as you grow, social media is the most inane way to throw your time away into the bin. If you get rid of social media, you could spend at least 2 hours per day to do something else more beneficial.
#5 Don’t worry.
Worrying is superfluous. SPM is going to happen anyway, according to Murphy’s Law- something that has to happen, must happen somehow. Embrace it positively, and your burden would not be as heavy as the average SPM students. Easy to say, but difficult to execute, it can be done, why not give it a shot?
Heed my advice or not, it is your choice. You would not screw up your future anyhow you screw your SPM up. If you are not academically inclined, you should go to do something else other than studying. For those who are just pure lazy, get your ass up and do something.
May the odds be in your favour.