STUDYING in her own pace and making time for relaxation are Nur Aliah Izzati Azemi’s secrets to success.
The 17-year-old SMK Pondok Upeh student, who scored 8As in her SPM examination, was all smiles when she received an award for being the top scorer at her school in Balik Pulau, Penang.
“I am happy and surprised with myself, as I only expected about five or six As.
“I did not expect such great results since I do not go for tuition classes.
“I get distracted easily, so tuition classes do not really work for me,” she quipped when met at the school yesterday.
Nur Aliah said her studying technique involved doing revisions consistently with rest times in between.
“I would study for 40 minutes and then rest for half an hour in between.
“This method helped me a lot, as I would not be constantly distracted.
“I did whatever I like during that 30- minute break, such as listening to songs or watching some dramas,” she added.
Nur Aliah’s mother, Azizah Zakaria, 55, said she was very happy with her daughter’s results.
“She deserved the good grades as she has been very disciplined and hardworking in her own way to prepare for the examination,” she said.
Meanwhile, Aliah’s friend, Muhammad Aidil Haikal, 17, said he was happy to have scored 7As in his SPM examination.
“This is a joyous moment for me, as I have been preparing for the SPM examination as early as last year.
“I hope to get a scholarship for myself as my father, who works as a policeman, is the sole breadwinner of my family and I do not want to burden him.
“I have four other siblings. One is working while the rest of us are still studying,” he added.
Nur Aliah and Muhammad Aidil were among 128 students from SMK Pondok Upeh who sat for the SPM examination last year.
Both students, together with three other students, received awards from the school for scoring 7As and 8As, after the SPM Examinations 2018 Analysis press conference by Penang Education director Dr Mahanom Mat Sam at SMK Pondok Upeh.
During the analysis, it was revealed that 12 students from seven schools in Penang scored straight A+ in their SPM examination last year.