READING her way to success. The country’s best student in the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) Phoebe Ong Yunliang, credited her achievement to reading.
The student from SMK Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Gapor in Kuching, Sarawak, said she read an assortment of articles including those online during her spare time.
Ong, 20, who was in the Science stream, scored a CGPA of 3.17 in her STPM and hopes to enrol in Universiti Sains Malaysia with her friends.
Ooi Hong Tek, 20, a Science stream student from SMK (L) Methodist, Kuala Lumpur, and Ngau Hwa Wei, 20, an Arts stream student SMK Tengku Sulaiman, Beseri, Terengganu both emerged as one of the best students in the STPM Urban and Rural categories respectively.
Both Ooi and Ngau said it was not easy scoring a CGPA of 4.0 and shared some pointers.
“Questions asked are mind twisters, so a lot of thinking skills are required,” said Ooi.
He advised students to pay attention to teachers during class and complete all their homework in preparation for the exam.
Ooi also said that he would spend an hour revising his completed homework to keep them “fresh in my memory”.
Ngau said it was important to manage one’s time and be self-disciplined.
“Use whatever time we have wisely by filling it with productive activities,” he said.
Apart from studying at least two hours a day, he also played badminton and took part in the Malaysian Civil Defence Force activities.
Ooi and Ngau hope to enrol in Universiti Malaya to pursue medicine and law respectively.
Suraya Sepit from SMK Sulaiman in Bentong, Pahang, was the best student in the orang asli category after scoring a CGPA of 3.58.
“My parents were my source of encouragement,” she said. The eighth of nine siblings studied in a group to prepare for her exams.
Suraya who wants to be a teacher, said: “If you fail in your exams, don’t allow it to bring you down.” “Turn it into motivation for you to keep moving forward to achieve excellent results,” she said.
Khairunnisaq Khairuddin did not let spinal muscular atrophy type II, an inherited condition characterised by progressive muscle weakness, stop her from scoring the perfect score of 4.0.
The student of SMK Bandar Mas, Kota Tinggi, Johor, and the eldest of four siblings used her own form of “shorthand” in class as she could not write as fast as others.
“I would create symbols to substitute words,” said wheelchair-bound Khairunnisaq, who added that ultimately it was family support that really counts.
“There were times when I got serious cramps, and couldn’t even crawl out of bed. Those were the times I felt like giving up. But my parents were always there to encourage me,” said Khairunnisaq, who plans to study psychology at Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid presented the country’s top students with RM1,000, a certificate and plaque in a ceremony held after the announcement of the 2016 STPM analysis in Putrajaya.
Better results this year