Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Right Attitude towards Exams

As I read the newspapers today, I could see photos of students who excelled in the PMR exam jumping up in glee and posing happily as a group for the lens man. The scene was not surprising as results of the second official public exam in Malaysia was announced yesterday. On the other hand, there were those who did not do well hiding in tears. This is a fact you have to face when you sit for any exam. You pass with flying colours or fare badly.

Hence the right attitude towards exams is very important. Students should realise that exams are held to test what they know or understand about subjects that they study and not otherwise. As such, if they study consistently and do regular revision as well as get to the bottom of things to understand a certain topic thoroughly, they should do well theoretically. However, luck do sometimes play a part in determining the outcome of an exam. Factors such as not feeling well, drowsiness and fear on the exam day will make a candidate's mind go blank or slow in responding to questions asked in the exam paper. Under such circumstances, the students shouldn't blame themselves for not doing well or feel ashamed as the saying goes, "Man proposes, God proposes."

What is important is knowing our weaknesses in a certain subject and try to overcome them.

With the advent of the Internet, looking for specific information is as easy as a mouse's click. Therefore modern day students should acquire more important skills than learning by rote. Instead they should learn to think creatively and try acquiring skills of problem solving.

Congratulations to young bloggers like Miss Jojo who scored straight A's in the PMR and don’t feel sad for those who are not so lucky.

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