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Keeping Time - How Eugene Lek Found His Rhythm in Excelling Holistically

“Don't start studying only two weeks before the examinations. At the same time, don’t work so hard until you experience burnout! Planning your time well is crucial.”

As the Vice-President of Fairfield Choir from 2018 to 2019, it is no surprise that Eugene Lek is an expert in managing his time.

In fact, he credits it as the key factor behind his strong performance at the GCE O-Level examinations.

“I made sure I completed all my homework as well as any other things I planned to do for the day before I started engaging in fun things like watching YouTube videos.”

Having such habits allowed him to pursue a vast range of academic and co-curricular activities.

He honed his aptitude in Science by participating in the prestigious Singapore Science and Engineering Fair from 2017 to 2019 where he attained first place in the individual category in 2017 and first place in the group category in 2018. Moreover, Eugene achieved the Gold Award at the Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad Competition in 2019. Eugene's passion in Mathematics also propelled him to represent the school and help his team to emerge as Champion at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Mathematics Challenge in 2019. Eugene’s crowning achievement was his attainment of the highly prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Award 2019 for Mathematics and Science.

Eugene’s interests also extend to the softer science of Music.

He represented the school at various choral events such as the National Choral Convention and Singapore International Choral Festival. He also helped Fairfield Choir to achieve the Certificate of Distinction and Certificate of Accomplishment at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation for Choirs in 2017 and 2019 respectively.

Lastly, Eugene always found time to serve the community.

He took on a diverse set of Values-In-Action projects which included organising engaging activities for children from Aldersgate Praise Student Care Centre and participating in the 2018 One People Model United Nations Conference. He was even able to use his passion for music to bless the community by performing at a Fundraising Concert for the Methodist School of Timor Leste in 2018.

When Eugene found out that he had attained an L1R5 score of below 10 points for his GCE O-Level examinations, he was elated!

“I felt happy that my hard work had paid off. I was also really grateful to my teachers and close friends who helped me so much during this arduous journey.”

“My teachers not only took the effort to explain the content in an understandable manner, but sacrificed their time to have consultations with me after school which helped me to identify and learn from my mistakes.”

“My close friends also helped me a lot. For example, in preparation for my GCE O-Level Chinese Language examinations, I frequently asked my friends who were more proficient in Chinese to educate me about the meaning of different difficult words and how to use them.”

As you prepare for the upcoming GCE O-Level examinations, try using some of Eugene’s strategies. Manage your time well, serve the community, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from your teachers and close friends!