Chloe Chua – Slow and Steady Wins The Race
“Consistency is key. It gets much more stressful nearing the examinations if you don't practise regularly in the course of the year!”
This was the chief advice for the current batch of Secondary 4 and 5 students from our outstanding all-round student Chloe Chua of Secondary 4E 2019.
“Planning ahead is of utmost importance. You would want to give your all in the hall during the GCE O-Level examinations, but this could leave you much more fatigued than you could ever imagine if you only start studying at the very last minute!”
A Triple Science student, this was particularly helpful when it came to the heavier examination days.
“This is especially important when you have to sit for two papers each day for consecutive days. Make use of the weekends, do your revision way in advance, and make sure you've got sufficient time to be well-rested before each battle!”
Apart from early planning and preparation, she also recommends students to use their time wisely.
“Utilising pockets of time in between events was a great help. For instance, I'd do one or two questions of my homework during the 10-minute break before CCA.”
Cultivating these good work habits helped Chloe to juggle key appointments in her co-curricular activities. She was appointed as Band Major of the Fairfield Symphonic Band as well as Vice-President of the Fairfield Journalism Club from 2018 to 2019.
Despite these heavy commitments, she managed to perform well academically. In fact, her strong aptitude in Science enabled Chloe to be selected to participate in the Science Programme for Education of Aspiring Researchers in 2018. She also represented the school at the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair for three consecutive years.
Chloe remains humble despite her stellar achievements. When asked if there was anyone she owed her success to, she immediately gave credit to her subject teachers.
“They always took the time to answer all my questions and helped me to clarify all my doubts.”
She was especially grateful to the teachers who went out of their way to improve her weaker subjects.
“As a Triple Science student, I've always been very anxious about my Combined Humanities and English Language grades. My English teacher marked every one of my additional essays, and my History teacher graciously allowed me to have multiple two-hour long consultations to clear my doubts.”
“I believe it was only through the support provided by these awesome teachers that I was able to pull through and do well in my Secondary 4 year.”
If you don’t know how to start studying for the GCE O-Level examinations, take a leaf from Chloe’s book. Plan ahead, manage your time well and don't forget to ask your subject teachers for help. You can do it!