Students are staying strong...

My tuition classes are online so it’s not too bad for me; I have my school and tuition teachers to turn to whenever I’m in doubt. Group discussions don’t work well for me because we tend to get distracted but we do ask each other questions on exercises we don’t understand through group chats. Besides that, I also turn to Google and YouTube for additional notes and videos to complement my daily revision.

– SMK Munshi Abdullah, Melaka, Form Five student Tan Yee Yit

Before this, my tuition centre would accept 15 students per class, with two students to a long table each. These face-to-face sessions offered respite from the months of online learning. The reimplementation of the movement control order has made learning tough again. Now my strategy is to focus on self-studying as much as I can. I consult my teachers via WhatsApp on topics I don’t understand. Occasionally, my friends and I would study together by video calling and sending voice messages to each other. It’s the best we can do for now, given the situation we exam year students are in.

– Kolej Tun Fatimah, Melaka, Form Six student Yee Ziann

I‘m trying to strike a balance between maintaining my revision momentum and keeping mentally strong. Despite all the uncertainty, we shouldn’t neglect our mental health while we prepare for the biggest exam of our schooling years. I take breaks in between my revision sessions to exercise, play video games and to spend time with my family. A useful tip that has helped me throughout this difficult period is watching videos of successful people. It motivates and calms me down. It also helps with my mental health. The SPM 2020 batch has endured quite a bit. I’m keeping my fingers crossed in hopes that we will score good result despite all the challenges and restrictions we faced. I’m one of the lucky ones who has access to a stable Internet connection and gadgets so MCO or not, I can go online and discuss questions and answers with my teachers and friends.

– SMK Munshi Abdullah, Melaka, Form Five student Wong Zhu Yi

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