Here’s my essay for my MUET trials. According to my teacher, it is a Band 6 essay.
I lost my question paper, but the question is something as below.
Credit cards can bring a lot of hardship to the user. Discuss.
This is a WIP.
Treat it as a debate. Can we say no? Can we say yes? Or neither of them?
No assumptions on data, not at all. Pay attention to the length limit on the short essay.
Last updated 13 October 2017.
STPM Term 1 exam is around one month away. With the recent conclusion of the trial exam, it’s time to do some reflections. Let’s start off with the sciences.
Mathematics isn’t hard. It’s just careless mistakes here and there that are pulling me down. Sometimes I’m too relaxed and taking my own sweet time.
Physics isn’t hard too. All that remains for me to do is to spam exercises and read all the definitions. The same goes for Chemistry.
As for General Studies, I’m still weak in essay writing. Objective and structure is almost there, I just need to reinforce my memory.
Last but not least, there’s MUET. My Speaking which is at Band 5 can still be pushed higher to Band 6. Need to practise on the wow factor I guess. Reading and Listening are already at Band 6. Writing is also Band 6, as long as I tread carefully. I seem to have exceeded the word limit in my report during the MUET trials, hopefully I will still manage to maintain my Band 6.
In short, all I have to do now is
This short essay was written around 3 months ago, in May. It existed in my phone and I should have posted it earlier, but better late than never.
Well, 3 months after I received my SPM results, I’m currently doing STPM in Malacca High School.
I had to face many questions, and I think they all boil down to these two, and so I am going to answer them here.
Why are you doing STPM instead of other pre-university courses?
I did not apply for matriculation and UPU. For matriculation, it is because that matriculation only allows you to enter certain local universities, so to me it would be like signing an agreement to do your degree in Malaysia, which is not I want. In fact I would not recommend anyone to go for matriculation unless you are aiming for a medical course. As for UPU, well it is just not what I want. How about A-Levels? As a matter of fact, I did seriously consider taking A-Levels before. However, after I received my SPM results, I did some thinking and decided that maybe I am not meant to go for A-Levels after all. I got 8A+ 2A, which means I missed the full scholarship for Sunway, but I am still eligible for full tuition fee at MCKL and TARC. The main deciding factor is because that I have decided that I am not going to the UK for my degree anymore. It is just too expensive and I prefer not to take scholarships because I do not want to be bonded. My first choice is now NUS. Which leads me to taking STPM, as according to my seniors and friends, NUS prefers STPM students over A-Levels.
Why are you at Malacca High School instead of Yok Bin?
First of all, it is not that I do not like Yok Bin. I think that it is time for me to change to an English/Malay environment. I also get the chance to meet new people as the form 6 community in high school is larger. In some ways, we have more freedom over what we can do at high school compared to Yok Bin.
So how is High School so far?
They have 6 science classes, 3 for physics and 3 for biology. They are Alpha, Delta, Epsilon, and Beta, Gamma, Zeta, respectively. I am in Alpha.
Somehow my class wants to elect me as monitor and I agree to be the “temporary” monitor. However after a few weeks it now seems that it is increasingly likely that I will be the permanent monitor after all.
Teachers are great. My physics teacher is the trainer of the national IPhO team, so that speaks for itself. My Chemistry and Maths T teacher are quite experienced too. And according to my cousin who just graduated from High School, my General Studies teacher is the best in Malacca. Maybe our class is lucky after all. Oh, and our MUET teacher, who is also our class teacher, is really affable. (However since we always go to Delta for MUET, our class teacher never enters our class.)
More stories on the way 🙂
*To be translated in the near future.
投稿日期： 2017年7月22日 17:29 CST
Sean Gee Zhing 5Sc1 余靖
“We cannot prepare the future for our youth, but we can prepare our youth for the future.” Those are the wise words of Franklin Roosevelt, former U.S. president, which imply that a youth needs to be well-prepared for the future. In this ever-changing world where everyone strives to achieve their definition of preordained success, I do believe that good academic achievement is vital for students. As youths who cannot escape from the reality of entering society, good academic qualifications are a component that cannot be compromised for students’ future success.
In modern times, regardless whether you are in an interview for a scholarship or applying for a job, the first question interviewers usually ask is: “What do you do?” In other words, the interviewers first look at your academic achievements. Indeed, no biodata or curriculum vitae is complete without academic achievements. This clearly emphasises the importance of academic achievements in a student’s quest for future success. In reality, it is an unannounced rule in society that a man’s acquisition of academic achievement is a great leap towards any opportunity that life can offer.
From another perspective, having good academic achievement ensures that the student has mastered the basics of learning. By having a firm grounding in subjects such as the languages and the sciences, a student will have sharpened and refined his skills in communicating, calculating and innovating. All these are essential skills that are instrumental for achieving success in modern times. They will help to pave future roads for the student, ensuring a smooth and safe journey.
On the other hand, there might be some people who claim that there exist famous figures such as Bill Gates who have managed to achieve massive success, despite being a college dropout and having a lack of academic achievements. However, how many people are there like Bill Gates? Does the fact that Bill Gates is able to achieve success without academic achievements imply that we do not need to focus on our studies? Definitely not. A few exceptions cannot be made into a general rule. As for the people who are like Bill Gates, if we look through a global directory of successful people, we might find around 100 of them. However, what about the millions of professionals such as lawyers, doctors, engineers, architects, scientists, mathematicians and teachers that rely on academic achievements to be successful? Could we run a country without them? An even more interesting question to ask would be: “Could people like Bill Gates even be successful without them?” No man is an island.
Imagine that you have spent more than 10 years in school, and several more years of your precious life in college. You have been working hard all these years, striving to achieve your best in academics. Then, suddenly, one fine morning, someone walks along and tells you that good academic achievement is actually not important at all for success in life. When asked for proof, he replies “Bill Gates”. Actually, that is not the case! If success is defined as starting a business from scratch and making billions of dollars, then only a handful of people would be successful today. Success is truly about being able to make the best out of your talents and abilities, and studying is required to do that. In order to do so, you will need to study to stretch your mind intellectually.
Frankly speaking, good academic achievement alone is not enough to guarantee success. In spite of that, it does indicate that the student has the potential and caliber to be successful. Imagine a new world order in studying where students do not have to sit for any examinations, and they apply for jobs when they are still studying. If you were the employer, how would you determine which student is more prospective? Is it not hard to decide? That is why we need good academic achievements. A student who has good academic achievements has surely mastered a great deal of specialist knowledge and has also been through hard times. As such, this student must be someone who is hard-working, determined, responsible, and mentally strong. These are all valuable attitudes that can lead to success in any future endeavours. In fact, just being in a top college like Harvard or Cambridge will indicate that you are an outstanding student.
In a nutshell, good academic achievement is indeed important for students as it is usually accompanied by a wealth of benefits. If a student is brilliant academically, wonderful opportunities are not far away and will soon present themselves to him. Besides, good academic achievement signals a good education, and the possessor will surely be able to succeed in any endeavour he chooses to partake. As George Washington once said, education is the key to open the golden door of freedom and success.
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I arrive at the dorm to find Ivan, Zi Song and Li Xuan waiting in one of our rooms. I had the other key, so they couldn’t enter the room with air con yet. I had agreed to switch rooms with Zi Song as I was not feeling well.
So, in the few hours before dinner, I took out my pencil and paper to write out my solutions to the mock tests. (I had been sick for the whole week so I didn’t have time to write them during the weekdays).
Soon, we are at dinner. We have a table for ourselves(!) and Ivan decided to play the piano before dinner.
The menu for dinner is relatively good. Even Ivan liked it too. He said it was the first time he completely finished a piece of chicken in PermataPintar.
Shortly thereafter, we headed to class… and there was a marker on the table. Apparently Ivan is so excited to see it and he uncapped it and used it to write on the glassboard. He didn’t realise it was a paint marker.
After that, we settled down and waited for Mr Zafree to come. However, Mdm Sakinah soon came to inform us that Mr Zafree couldn’t make it and we had to conduct the session ourselves. Hence, Ivan suggested that we continue to finish the shortlist that we were working on last week. Meanwhile, I proceeded to print out the solutions for the mock tests that Mr Zafree had emailed to us. Around 2200, I decide to retire for the night and sleep early as my condition is not getting any better.
I wake up around 0700 the next day. After making sure everyone is ready, we head to the dining hall together. To our surprise, there is cereal and milk! (We used to have cereal for breakfast during the preliminary camps but it went extinct after that.) After breakfast, we headed to the classroom to take our mock test.
Fast forward and we are in the dining hall. There is still an exclusive table for us, and the cereal from morning is still there. The chicken was really good and we finished it.
Over the course of our lunch, we put some cereal into Ivan’s drink. We put one piece of cereal in his drink and challenged him to gulp down the cereal in one sip. Of course, it was trivial for Ivan. So we added another piece of cereal. And another… and another…
After lunch, we headed back to class and spammed ISL. In the evening, we came back to our dorm. Some of us feel albeit hungry so we decided to order pizza. Again, we tried to create an account online so we could get free juice with the promotion, but alas PermataPintar has no address. In the end we gave up and resorted to the traditional way of ordering through the phone. Needless to say, when the pizza arrived, it didn’t last very long.
I then went to bathe and we headed to the dining hall. After a quick dinner we went back to class. During the night session, Mr Zafree discussed with us on the mock test we took in the morning. Mdm Sakinah joined us too. Around 2130, supper came and it was something that was new to us.
After supper, we then headed back to the dorms to rest.
The next morning, we woke up as usual around 0700 and had breakfast. I had cereal and so did the others. After that, we went to the class to take our mock test. After the mock test, lunch was delivered to us in neat small boxes. There was fried rice, fried chicken and potato wedges. However, even though there was only 5 of us, there was 10 boxes. Hence, Mdm Sakinah said we could take more than one if we wanted to.
After that, we parted ways again. The final camp is just five days away.
As usual, I arrive at PermataPintar around 1600. Ivan, Zi Song and Li Xuan were already here. Upon opening my room’s door, I realise that our bedsheets are missing. So, my first thought is to ask Ivan where are our bedsheets, as Zi Song and Li Xuan have theirs. Ivan said he had no idea and the others also knew no better.
So, I walk back to the front office and ask for bedsheets. Surprisingly, the staff told me that they had given Zi Song all four bedsheets. Perplexed, I walk back to the dorm to question them. Apparently they kept saying no and asked Ivan and I to look around for it. Well, we eventually found it at the top of the wardrobe in their room (it was quite dusty). After cleaning and putting on the bedsheets, we then proceeded to do some math. In the meantime, Zi Song watched Google Codejam Finals (he’s going to IOI too!) and Li Xuan was watching badminton trolls.
Soon, it was dinner time and we headed to the dinner hall. It seemed as if all the staff there were having a feast, as it was Friday night and they had fasted since morning. There was even a live grill outside the hall! However, when we took our seats, most of the food had already been taken. The mushroom soup pot was empty till we could see the bottom. Nevertheless, we had to make do with what we had and enjoyed some simple dinner.
After that, we headed on to class. The class venue for this week is different from last week’s and we spent quite some time finding it. It was only after detouring back to the dinner hall to enquire Mdm Sakinah that we managed to find it. (Actually one of us had found it earlier, but he didn’t check both doors for the IMO sign) We settled down in class and waited for our trainers to come. There was a snake and ladders board pasted on the wall, and we were quite fascinated about it. Zi Song, Ivan and Li Xuan tried to deduce the minimal number of moves required to win.
After a while, Mr Iqbal and Mr Zafree arrived. Mr Zafree gave out the solutions to the mock tests during the week and suggested that we do some peer review. So, we passed our solutions around, checking for any grey areas or mistakes that we may have missed. After the peer review session, we proceeded to work on some problems. Around 2200, we had supper and retired to our dorms to rest. Before leaving, Zi Song scribbled some code on the whiteboard (I think glassboard would be a better term imho) as decoration for “test 7 0800-1230”
It’s 0700 and we just woke up. After coming back from the toilet, the air conditioner in our room apparently decided to start working! We had left the power switch on for the aircon as the dorm had cut electricity supply for the aircons. Well, it was a pleasant surprise. After that, we made haste to the dining hall, not wanting to be late for our mock test. Breakfast was simple as usual. 4 and a half hours later, we are again on the way to the dining hall, while discussing problems at the same time. Ivan and Zi Song didn’t like the lunch very much and resorted to eating cookies they had brought. Needless to say, the cookies quickly ran out. I then tried to play the piano while referring to YouTube tutorials. It was a fruitless attempt haha
In the afternoon session, Ivan came up with the idea of choosing one year’s ISL and spending the whole day on solving the problems. We randomly chose 2008. To our surprise, Ivan could write out the shortlist index on the whiteboard without having to refer anything. (Well, you can see how well he knows the ISLs) I started working on Combinatorics while Ivan and Zi Song did N6. Apparently they came to the conclusion that N6 is a troll. On the other hand, it took me around 1+ hour to solve C1. Oh well, there goes our afternoon session.
During the evening, we all gathered in my room as there was aircon. The other room’s aircon had power too, but alas there was no remote. Water droplets formed outside the window above our door so you could tell that it was really cold. After watching some short summaries of movies on YouTube, we decided to order some pizza. We found out that there was a promotion going on that would entitle us to get a free drink if we ordered online, and the deal made us all hyped up. We soon discovered that the free drink was only 350ml and so we decided to forget about it and resort to ordering as usual through phone.
Pizza came around 30 minutes later, but it didn’t survive in our room for more than 10 minutes if I remember correctly. Ivan then took a nap while Zi Song and Li Xuan continued to watch YouTube. Around 1920, we headed to the dining hall. Mdm Sakinah and Hanissa were already there having dinner when we arrived, so we shared a table with them.
During the night session, we continued our work on the 2008 ISL. I worked on C2 and finished it around an hour later. I then sat beside Ivan and watched how he instakills the geometry shortlist, not forgetting to ask him to guide me at the same time. (Thanks Ivan!) We kept discussing and doing problems until 2200.
After that, we proceeded to play Spyfall. It’s an interesting game in which we have to work as a team to investigate and find out who is the spy among us. We had lots of fun and it was around the stroke of midnight that we decided to go back to our dorms and sleep.
Time flies, and daylight soon fills our room. As usual, we get ready and go to the dining hall. After a short breakfast, we then proceed to the classroom, to face another mock test. Somehow the aircon felt exceptionally cold on that morning. It didn’t help much in my thinking haha
At 1230, Mr Zafree announces the end of the mock test and it is soon time to part ways. Mdm Sakinah had brought lunch for us, conveniently packed in containers and plastic bags.
And while all the Permata students check back into PermataPintar, we’re all on our way home!
Oh well, you’re in college and you have some free time to spare. Your first thought on spending that free time would probably be to hang out with your buddies. However, that means you have to spend some money, right? (In most cases, yes) Now, why don’t you use that time to earn some money? Plus, it would a good experience for you too.
Without further ado, here are some of my thoughts on how to earn some money without any capital.
Well, that all the ideas I have for now! I’ll add more when I think of them. If you have a suggestion, feel free to leave a comment below 🙂
As a fellow student, I wish you all the best in your ventures!