SATESH Subramaniam turned the tables around when he worked his way up and became one of SMK USJ12’s 60 students who scored straight As.
The bespectacled teen who obtained 7A+ and 3A, said he had to juggle his time between studies and extra curricular activities.
“My teachers are the best and I didn’t attend any tuition,” he said, adding that he was once a low achiever.
Arfa’ahton Hainee who obtained 7A and 2B found the Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTs) questions in the exam quite challenging.
“The questions in Biology were tough,” she added.
The bubbly student said she studied in a group to prepare for her exams.
Yong Jia Joun spent his time revising in the library after school hours.
The 6A+, 2As and 1A- student said: “I worked really hard and I’m happy I got what I expected.”
He thanked his parents for their constant support and advised students to always pay attention to their teachers.
Unable to contain her excitement, Tay Yen Ning credited her teachers for her achievement.
“My Chemistry teacher would often have extra classes for us,” she said, adding that she obtained 3A+ 6A and 1A-.
Aiman Zarief who obtained 9As, would often wake up at 3am to revise.
“I read that our brains is at its peak in the wee hours of the morning and that whatever we study then would stick easily. It definitely worked for me!” he added.
In congratulating her students, SMK USJ12 principal Norizam Hussin said it was due to the hard work put in by the students, their parents and teachers.
“The school achieved an improved average grade of 2.98 compared to the previous year where its average was 3.07,” she added.
SMK Damansara Utama principal Zulaika A. Rahman said her school only did “so so” despite being one of the top three best schools in the Petaling district in the recent SPM examinations.
She said 14 candidates obtained straight As out of 158 that sat for the examinations.
She credited her teachers’ dedication in ensuring the students were well prepared for the exams.
In fact, she said, they had been carrying out many extra classes for the students two months prior to the exams.
SMJK Katholik principal Low Lai Khun said 195 out of 511 students scored 9As and above in their SPM.
This helped the school, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, to secure the top spot in Petaling district for getting the best results for SPM, and the fifth place in Selangor.
“This was possible due to students’ hard work, supportive parents and the dedication and commitment of teachers,” she added.
Former SMJK Katholik student Iddhima Chong Hui Yi obtained 11A+ and 1A by paying attention in class and completing all homework given.
“HOTs questions in biology was definitely the hardest, but I came prepared as I had lots of practice,” she said.
Overwhelmed with emotion, Teo Shu Qi said she did not expect to score 6A+, 2A, and 2A-.
“It was an absolute surprise as I did not do this well in my trials,” she said.
Former SMK USJ12 student Yuvadarshini Nair Ranu Kutti said the Tamil Language paper was not as hard as she expected.
“The paper was not as hard as I expected it to be, plus I have been consistently practising the Tamil script for one to two hours a few times a week,” said the student who scored B in her Tamil paper.
She used workbooks and material she found on the internet as reference to widen her knowledge.
Yuvadarshini who scored 2A+, 1A, and 7B (including Tamil), took up the subject as it was a request from her grandfather.
Former SMK Kepong Baru student Abilash Bharty Ganesan scored A- in both Tamil Language and Tamil Literature for her SPM examinations. She said she did not expect to score an A- for Tamil Literature as the paper was “quite tough.”
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