Reflection on a mid term test

Oh well in the blink of an eye the mid terms arrived.

Now, a few days after the exam ends, it’s time to do the usual reflections.

  1. General Studies. Well I had a close shave on this one. I missed out a few words in my graph section and that cost me a lot. Like really, a lot. My graph immediately dropped to 8 marks, and as the paper was scored out of 35, I almost failed. Structure wasn’t good either. Apparently some answers need to be exactly the same as they are stated in the book in order to be correct. Oh well, just too bad this time around.
  2. Maths. Of the sciences, I was actually the most worried about this one after I finished the paper. I didn’t manage to solve a few of the problems on my first go during the exam due to careless mistakes, which caused me to waste time troubleshooting. And peculiar situations also occured such as a candidate for an inflexion point turning out to not be an inflexion point, which doesn’t usually happen. On the other hand, a typo on the exam paper lead me to waste time double checking and triple checking my work. That feeling is weird. However, in the end the marks turned out to be quite satisfactory. Just a few careless mistakes were made. I really think too much sometimes.
  3. Chemistry. The paper was much easier than expected. In general I’m very satisfied with my performance on this subject. Only lost a few marks due to some minor, minor mistakes.
  4. Physics. The paper was quite good. I haven’t got my paper back yet, but I believe I did quite well, save for some careless mistakes. I already heard that I got one question wrong for the objectives lol. Must be a careless mistake.

So, now, the action plan. For my upcoming trial exam, I have to:

  1. Do lots of mathematics, chemistry and physics exercises.
  2. Spam graph exercises for General Studies, and also memorise the parts that will come out in structured questions. Gotta get an A in the trials to prove my worth.

Oh, and so long for being number one this time around. General Studies pulled me down so bad :/

Time’s ticking!

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Reading
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Last updated 13 October 2017.

Reflections on Trials

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

  1. Do lots of exercises for the sciences.
  2. Improve my PA essay skills.
  3. Do lots of exercises for PA.
  4. Prepare for MUET and IELTS after Term 1 concludes.
  5. Practise on focusing!
  6. Take note of what I need to be careful of.

The Beginning of STPM

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 🙂

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A recent pic of (a subset of) Alpha and Beta, in late August

A Physics Joke

*To be translated in the near future.

#靠北清大58745

有一天,一群物理學家在天堂裡閒極無聊,便玩起了抓人遊戲。

這回輪到愛因斯坦抓人了。

待他數到100,便睜開眼睛。

只見所有人都藏起來了,只有伏特還趴在不遠處。

愛因斯坦走過去,說:“伏特,我抓住你了。”
伏特說:“不,你沒有抓到我。”
愛因斯坦說:“你若不是伏特,那你又是誰?”

伏特說:“你且看看我身下是誰?”

愛因斯坦低頭一看,趴在伏特身下的,竟是安培!

伏特說:“我身下是安培,我倆就是伏特/安培,所以你抓住的不是我,你抓住的是歐姆!”

愛因斯坦反應何其敏捷,迅速改口道:“歐姆,我抓住你了!”

可是呢,伏特和安培畢竟是歐姆的好哥們。

於是,伏特和安培一個翻身跳了起來,但是仍然緊緊抱在一起,愛因斯坦感到大惑不解。

他倆不緊不慢地說,現在,我們不再是歐姆,而是伏特×安培, 變成瓦特了!

愛因斯坦覺得很有道理,於是喊,那我終於抓到你了,瓦特!

這時,瓦特躲在角落裡,慢慢悠悠地開口說:“你看,他倆這樣抱著已經有好幾秒了,所以,你抓到的不是瓦特,而是瓦特×秒,是焦耳啦!”

這時,愛因斯坦看到牛頓站在不遠處。於是他跑過去說:“牛頓,我抓住你了。”

牛頓說:“不,你沒有抓到牛頓。”
愛因斯坦說:“你如果不是牛頓,那你是誰?”
牛頓說:“你看,我腳下踩的是什麼?”

愛因斯坦低頭一看,只見牛頓站在一塊長寬都是一米的正方形地磚上。

牛頓說:“我腳下是一塊一平方米的方塊,我站在上面,就是牛頓/平方米。所以說,你抓住的並不是牛頓,而是帕斯卡呀!”

愛因斯坦屢受挫折,終於忍無可忍,爆發了。

於是,他飛起一腳,踹在了牛頓身上,把牛頓踹出了那塊一平米的地板磚。

然後他吼道:“說!你還敢說你是帕斯卡嗎!”

牛頓慢吞吞地從地上爬起來,說:“不,我已經不是帕斯卡了。
你剛剛讓我牛頓移動了一米的距離,所以,我現在也是焦耳了!”

焦耳這次學聰明瞭,一把將阿伏伽德羅(亞佛加厥)撲倒在自己身下,說:“你看,我現在是J/mol啦!”

正當愛因斯坦思考J/mol是什麼東西的時候,亥姆霍茲和吉布斯這兩個自由能吵了起來,都說是對方。

為了不至於兩敗俱傷,他們一腳把開爾文踹到了焦耳下面,將阿伏伽德羅頂了出來。

“看!”他倆說,“現在是J/K,是熵啦,要抓就抓克勞修斯吧!”

遊戲繼續。

這次是安培最先被愛因斯坦發現。

眼看安培就要被抓了,他順勢往地上一躺,伸直身體對站在身邊不遠處的愛因斯坦說:“等等,我在你站的地方產生了磁場。”

正當愛因斯坦在考慮該抓高斯還是特斯拉的時候,發現他倆一人找了一塊地板磚抱著,說:“不麻煩您老了,我們現在是磁通量B·S,您還是去找韋伯吧!”

等到愛因斯坦要抓住韋伯的時候,卻發現韋伯正在做深蹲。

愛因斯坦問:“你幹嘛呢?”

韋伯回答說:“你沒看到我一會兒變大,一會兒變小嗎?我在產生感應電動勢呢。”

伏特一下子慌了,他一把抓住密立根的衣領,說:“你成天拿個油壺亂噴什麼!”

“測定元電荷。”密立根回答道。

“太好了!”伏特一把抱住密立根說,“從現在起,我們就是eV,也就是焦耳。”

“靠,今天真是邪了門啦!”焦耳嘀咕道。他一把將赫茲壓在胯下,說:“看,我現在是E/v,是普朗克啦!”

普朗克也不是好惹的。

他突然發現,遠處有個來自東方的長者在地上寫下了22/7和355/113,心裡很是得意。一打聽,此人姓祖,更是心裡大喜。

他急忙跑過去,把這兩個分數照抄了一遍,然後趴在這四個分數上面,對氣喘噓噓趕來的愛因斯坦說:“看,我現在是h/4pi啦!”

“那又怎樣?”愛因斯坦問。

“這是我的好哥們海森堡教我的,他說這樣我就不是我了,有什麼事儘管找他。”

“好,那他在哪裡?”

“這個,還真說不準。”

愛因斯坦惱羞成怒,正準備對普朗克大打出手。

普朗克說:“等等,海森堡有個姓薛的好哥們,就躲在前面的那個箱子裡。”

“這箱子連個通風口都沒有,難道他不會被憋死嗎?” 愛因斯坦問。

“這個嘛,就得你親自去開啟看看了。”

投稿日期: 2017年7月22日 17:29 CST

Good Academic Achievements are Essential for A Student

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.

IMO Diary 2016 Entry 4, 17 – 19 June

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.

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Navi at the piano

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.

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Masterpiece

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…

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Glass full of cereals

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.

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Noodles and sandwiches

It tasted quite good! Apparently it is too bland for Ivan so he decided to add some chilli flakes he’d saved from the evening’s pizza. 3 whole packets of chilli flakes.

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Chilli x 3

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.