Friday, March 16, 2007

STPM candidates as reported in the media


Understanding key to success

By Giam Say Khoon

PETALING JAYA (March 15, 2007): For Chen Kok Pun, of SMK Katholik, who scored five straight As in the STPM examination last year, it is more important to understand lessons than merely memorising from books.
"I did not bury myself in books and I only spent two to three hours revising each day," he said yesterday, when asked his recipe for academic success.
"Studying is not about memorising everything in the books. Understanding a subject is more important, because once you understand it, it becomes very easy."
Kok Pun, who hopes to be a physicist, confessed that he was surprised when he got a call informing him that he was one of the top scorers in the examination because he had expected to get only 4As and one A-.
He was among 17 candidates awarded excellence awards for their exceptional academic performance.
Three of them were 'special students' - Siti Nurjannah Zamzuri of SMK St John, Kuala Lumpur, who is blind, Lau Ping Ping of SMK Sacred Heart, Sibu, who is partially-blind, and Tan Chong It of SMJK Jit Sin, Penang, who is spastic.
The other 13 were Goh Boon Chong of SMJK Chung Ling, Penang, Lee Gah Hung of SMK Tinggi Melaka, Malacca, Saw Vee-liem of SMK St Michael, Ipoh, Low Woei Chyuan of SMK St Anthony, Teluk Intan, Lee Ling Yuin of SMK Sam Tet, Ipoh, Teo Wei Suong of SMK (L) Methodist, Kuala Lumpur, Chuai Ei Mun of SMK Sam Tet, Ipoh, Sharafuddin Sahrin of Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah, Klang, Wai Chiew Heong of SMK Sultan Abu Bakar, Kuantan, Christine Tan Lee Ling of SMK (P) Temenggong Ibrahim, Batu Pahat, Wong Yin Hoong of SMK Seri Kampar, Kampar, Boon Sair Lin of SMK Pulau Sebang, Malacca, and Yong Teck Kim of SMK St Anthony, Sarikei.
Mohd Tajudin reports from Penang: SMJK Jit Sin in Bukit Mertajam has consistently delivered outstanding STPM achievers every year.
Six of its students - Tan Chong It, Goo Yik Wen, Khor Xin Yun, Ooi Yuan Shyon, Tan Kheng How and Wong Teck Hong - scored 5As in last year's examination.
Assistant principal Goay Teck Chong said this was the best results for the school since it initiated a five-year development plan in 2001 to improve the academic achievement of its students.
"This is much better than last year when only one student achieved 5As," he said.
In Ipoh, Peter Khiew reports: Tham Wai Hoe, who scored 5As, said he studied better with his radio switched on and playing his favourite songs.
Wai Hoe, one of the top students in St Michael's Institution, hopes to take up electronic engineering either in Singapore or Australia.
Another top student, Yap Voon Lip, said he spent four hours daily on his revisions.
"I am a firm believer of play and study. I still went out with my friends for movies and outdoor games. In this way, one can strike a balance in life," said Voon Lip, who hopes to study medicine or pharmacy.


Taken from theSun dated March 16, 2007.
Caption of photo: Saw Vee-Liem... represented Malaysia at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore School of Mathematical Sciences and bagged home an award from NTU in May last year (2006). His story was featured in the 2006 school magazine.

1 comment:

Peter Khiew said...

An interview will be conducted with Vee-Liem when he is back in St Michael's.