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Nitya’s Unique Approach -- Finding Joy in Learning

Nitya Ramasamy of Secondary 4E 2019 almost burned out two weeks before the GCE O-Level examinations.

“The rigour of relentless revision for my examinations caused me to lose all motivation to study. I remember feeling very stressed before each examination, which clouded my train of thought and made it difficult for me to concentrate well. To make matters worse, I did not do particularly well for my preliminary examinations and I was in no state of mind to go through the GCE O-Level examinations.”

This feeling of apprehension lasted until the moment she collected her GCE O-Level examination results.

“Receiving my results was a nerve-wracking experience. I felt extremely worried about my performance as I entered the hall with my peers.”

Luckily, her doubts were quickly assuaged. She soon found out that she was one of the outstanding all round students who had scored an L1R5 of below 10 points for the GCE O-Level examinations.

“After seeing my name on the screen, I was elated as my results had far exceeded my expectations. However, when I look back at this entire experience, I feel a sense of accomplishment because I had worked hard and learnt a lot in the process.”

It is this same piece of advice which Nitya wants to offer to the current batch of graduating students to help them avoid burnout.

“Try not to put so much pressure on yourself. During my upper secondary years, I learnt that I should not focus solely on scoring a distinction in every subject, but to explore and embrace learning new things.”

She recommends focusing on the process of studying rather than just the outcome.

“Instead of worrying about whether you’ve managed to study for the topics that are tested, try to focus on deepening your understanding and interest in each subject. This will not only allow you to have a better grasp of each subject, but make studying more enjoyable and easier for you.”

Nitya’s love for learning also drove her to engage in a plethora of enriching activities in Fairfield. She was involved in sports, academic competitions and community service projects.

During her stint as the Vice-Captain of the Fairfield Badminton team in 2018 and 2019, Nitya’s love and passion for the sport inspired her team to win second place at the National School Games South Zone Badminton Championships in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Additionally, Nitya's love for and proficiency in Mathematics enabled her team to emerge as Champion at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Mathematics Challenge in 2019.

Nitya also demonstrated a heart of service and love for the community. Throughout her four years in the school, she consistently found opportunities to participate in various Values-In-Action projects. Moreover, she organised meaningful activities for the elderly at Fei Yue Senior Activity Centre.

With such a packed schedule, she had to make the most of her resources.

“I found that it was more important to be efficient in my studying by putting away all sources of distractions such as my handphone, rather than to try to study for many unproductive hours.”

“I am also grateful to my teachers who tirelessly put in much effort to teach us. They constantly guided me and were even willing to see me during after-school hours so that I could clarify my doubts.”

Lastly, the journey to the GCE O-Level examinations need not be a lonely one. For Nitya, having her friends and family beside her was crucial to her emotional and mental health in the lead up to the examinations.

“They have always been a source of support and encouragement and I definitely would not have been able to succeed without them.”

In a similar vein, she encouraged the current batch of graduating students to help each other along the way.

“Do leverage on each other’s strengths. If you are particularly good in a certain subject, lend a helping hand to those who are struggling in that subject. For subjects you are not so good at, don’t be afraid to seek help from your peers.”

In addition, Nitya advocates the value of perseverance.

“Lastly, don’t give up. There will definitely be ups and downs in your journey towards the GCE O-Level examinations, so it is very important not to lose hope. If you are facing difficulties in your studies, take the initiative to consult your teachers and get yourself back on the right track.”

Even as we perfect our skills for the upcoming examinations, let’s not forget about the joy of learning. The outcome may not always be what we expect, but we can give ourselves a pat on the back as long as we know that we’ve done our best and enjoyed the learning process!