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Laney Fun, A Responsible and Devoted Student

Laney is a responsible and hardworking student who possesses an analytical mind and does her best in all her assigned tasks. As the Secretary of the Fairfield Symphonic Band, she displayed great passion and dedication to her CCA. She did the school proud by helping the Fairfield Symphonic Band to achieve the Certificate of Distinction at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation in 2015. 

How did you feel when you collected your results? 

Firstly, I was relieved. I knew that my parents and the people around me had high expectations of me as I had been consistently doing well throughout the year. Hence, I felt a sense of ease when I found out that my score not only met my target, but my parents’ expectations. I was also delighted that the long study hours I had put in every day for the entire year paid off. I was proud of myself for not giving up despite the overwhelming stress I faced before the O-Level examinations.

Are there any key people whom you owe your success to?

There are so many teachers and friends who helped me along this journey. All my subject teachers, including Ms Michelle Tan, Mr Joel Loke, Ms Yee Minyi, Ms Thio, Ms Karen Chin, Mrs Jean Ho, Ms Joanna Lim and Ms Ainah constantly cared about my education and provided the moral support I needed. Even though my teachers were busy, they would always get back to me as soon as possible. 
My close friends in Sec 4A1 also played a major role in building my self-confidence. When I did poorly for my Chinese common test and cried incessantly in class, my classmates handed me tissues and encouraged me until I stopped crying. 

Last but not least, to God be the glory! I am truly blessed to have a great God who guided me through thick and thin and provided amazing people around me.

How did you manage your time between your commitment towards your studies and holding key appointments in your CCAs?

I created a personal timetable to guide me in my revision. I also made sure I had the student diary with me, so that I could immediately note down my homework. If I had CCA on that day, I would try to complete some of my homework in between lessons before the next teacher came in so that I would have lesser things to do after a long, tiring day of lessons and CCA. At home, I made sure I prioritised my time wisely by completing homework that was due the next day. When I was at CCA or engaging in community outreach activities, I would focus on the task wholeheartedly. 

One important tip is to go home immediately after CCA because you already have lesser time to revise and study for the O-Level examinations compared to other non-CCA days. If you still choose to linger around at places like Star Vista or Clementi Mall with your friends after your CCA, you will not have any energy and time to revise your work when you reach home. 

Do you have any advice for the 2017 batch of Secondary 4/5 students? 

Surround yourself with friends who know when to study and when to play. It is fine to have fun, but if you know you lack self-control, it is better to find friends who will push you to study hard. 

When you occasionally lack the motivation to study, consider downloading an application called ‘forest’, which allows you to plant virtual trees that will ‘die’ if you open other applications on your smartphone. This thus helped me to focus on my studies.