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Published: Monday April 1, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday April 25, 2013 MYT 11:39:32 PM

Focus is the main reason, say top STPM achievers

JOHOR BARU: Two top achievers in the Sijil Pelajaran Tinggi Malaysia (STPM) examination from Sultan Ibrahim Girls School shared a common secret to success.

Science stream student Loh Sok Cheng and Arts stream student Nurul Huda Mohd Farith said undivided attention in class was the main factor which made them succeed in their studies.

They also attributed their success to the support received from members of their family and friends as well valuable guidance from teachers throughout their years in the school.

Loh and Nurul, both 20, singled out concentration during lessons was the key to successfully grasping each topic of every subject.

“I personally believe, when a student fully focused into what the teacher is lecturing about in front of the class, the message of the topic can be understood,’’ she said.

Apart from emerging as a top student in her school, Loh also made her alma mater proud by becoming one of the top 20 achievers in the STPM examination in Johor.

She obtained a perfect cumulative grade point average of 4.0 in the Chemical, Biology, Physic and General Paper subjects in the last year’s STPM.

Loh hoped to pursue her studies in chemical engineering or pharmacy at Universiti Malaya or National University of Singapore, as chemistry was her favourite subject.

Nurul on the other hand opined students to put aside all matters which could distract their concentration and calm themselves during lessons.

“More often that not, students are easily distracted with other things in their minds and even worse, some of them are not making efforts to understand the subjects,’’ she added.

Nurul planned to continue her studies either in public university in the country or better still she could enroll in the faculty of education in a university overseas.

She attributed her love to economics to her mother who is an economic teacher and she might follow her mother’s footstep or become an economist like Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.

SIGS was ranked as one of the top schools in Johor and emerged as the top school in the Johor Baru district in the last year’s STPM.

In a press conference, Johor Education Department director Mohd Nor A. Ghani said a total of 5,127 out of 5,311 candidates in the state who sat for their STPM in 2012, passed with at least one principle.

He said the numbers of schools statewide which recorded a 100% passing rate had increased from 31 in 2011 to 45 schools last year.

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