MUET Band 6 Essay

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.


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 STPM 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 🙂


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

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.

Simple Ways to Make Money in College Without Capital


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.

  1. Selling Reservations
    Come Saturday night, is there a restaurant around your college that is always full house and still has customers lining up outside to get seat? If there is such a restaurant, then you’re in luck! A business opportunity in this situation would be to reserve tables at that restaurant earlier beforehand, and sell your reservation at a reasonable price to those who would like to have dinner immediately.
  2. Pumping Bicycle Tyres (yes, literally)
    I’m sure that there are students who ride bicycles in almost every college to get around, be it during class or during their recreational time. Now, here’s the business opportunity you can take advantage of: Set up a bicycle station with a bicycle pump and air pressure meter. So, when someone passes by with a bicycle, you offer to check their tyre pressure for free. If its too low, you then help them to pump the tyre. After that, instead of charging a fixed fee, you can ask for donations. Usually people will be glad to give you something 😀
  3. Do A Presentation
    If your college is well known, I’m sure many students try their best to enter it. On the other hand, I’m sure companies want you, the graduates to work for them too. The business opportunity is to do a presentation for a company in class. It doesn’t have to be a long presentation, a short one will do. Just do the presentation in class like a normal presentation, and introduce your classmates to said company.

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!


So, here’s some poem I wrote in class, based on the famous novel 射雕英雄传. Read the first character of each line for a titbit.