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O-level Results 2013

13th January 2014 saw the Secondary 4 cohort from 2013 returning to Crescent Girls’ School. For the current (2014) cohort of Secondary 4 students, it was a moment they knew they would experience next year. For the previous cohort of Secondary 4 students, it was something else altogether. For them, it was the release of their O-Level results.

The tension in the hall was palpable as the students were taken through the slides for the JAE briefing by Mrs Diana Tang. Following that, Mrs Tan, our principal, took over to congratulate the girls for their commendable results as she went through the results analysis for the year and revealed a high percentage for the number of students with 6 distinctions or more.

As the students received their slips from their teachers, the tension in the hall abated and was replaced by shouts of joy and laughter as students exchanged congratulatory hugs and handshakes. Excitement grew among parents and students and soon, the place became near chaotic.

Crescent’s Secondary 4 students have once again done the school proud. And what did the juniors get to enjoy? A half day off from school!  Well done, batch of 2013!

Reported by Regina Tee 4C2.

What the students have to say …….


Q: What are some of your feelings now?

Ranjeeta: I feel overjoyed

Arya: I'm actually quite happy

Anuja: I'm very satisfied

Q: What were some of your thoughts and feelings before and when you received the results?

Anuja: Before i received the results I was a bit tense and nervous but I tried to stay calm and neutral about what was going to happen, because in the end we were all going to go through this phase, and what happens will happen. After I got my results I was very relieved and thankful because I really felt I didn't do a few papers up to my expectations, and that’s why when I got my results back I was extremely happy with myself.

Arya: Before I got my results I was extremely tense and I didn't know what to expect. I had forgotten how I had done in all my papers, and after I got it, I was extremely happy.

Brenda: Before i got my results I was pretty nervous, but I was excited as well. I knew I had tried my best, and I was hoping for the best, really. After I got my results I was very happy, and thankful for my teachers and parents.

Aleena: Before I got my results I was quite scared because I felt I didn't do some papers very well. I was quite relieved and thankful because it turned out okay.

Ranjeeta: I felt that I didn't do too well for some of my papers, but eventually my grades turned out pretty good, so i was quite happy about that. As Anuja said, Thank god.

Amruta : Before I got my results, I was definitely very nervous. I was literally shivering. I was scared that I wouldn’t meet my own expectations and that I would let myself down before anyone else.  But after I received my results, I felt pure satisfaction because I felt that what I got was a reflection of how much effort I had put in.

Q: Was your journey in preparation for your o levels a smooth one?

Anuja: It was definitely not smooth. There were a lot of bumps, and at certain points you just break down, and well I guess it’s all part of the game because everyone has to go through this journey. And it’s definitely not smooth, but I guess that’s where the excitement is. Eventually, it turned out to be fine.

Jamie: My journey in preparation for the ‘O’ levels was tiring. I had worked much more on the subjects I was weaker in and had to put in a lot of effort but sometimes, it didn’t show. However, at the end of the day, it paid off.

Arya: I think that the journey was obviously a very hard one, and a very tiring one, because the amount of homework, the amount of practice, and the rigour make it very overwhelming. Sometimes you think,  you can't do it and feel like just giving up, but in the end I’m happy that they did that because if it was not for them I don't think I would have done so well.

Brenda: It wasn't smooth, there were a lot of ups and downs, and I was quite tense during the middle of the year because I was really worried that I wouldn't be able to do well, and disappoint my parents and teachers. It’s the ups and downs that make us who we are today, and it really helped me grow a lot. I think that a smooth journey won't help us grow as much as one which is rough as it makes us tougher and makes us take our work seriously.

Aleena: I believe that the journey was a really difficult one, and it was really tiring at times because there was just so much to study. But it’s still worth it, for you know that you've done your best

Ranjeeta: So.. which journey has ever been smooth? I’m pretty sure nothing has been and it’s pretty evident that our journey is peppered with challenges, but we've always had help along the way to enable us to overcome all these challenges. So nothing seemed insurmountable at that time, and I would definitely like to thank my teachers and parents for providing us with support

Q: How much time did you spend studying? How did you manage your time for example. your commitments in both CCA and studies?

Anuja:I didn’t really take note of how much time I had spent studying. What I did was to prioritise my time, so for the day, if I thought that my homework and studies were more important, I put that first, then came my family and friends, and then probably other hobbies like listening to music, creating arts and crafts, and stuff like that. So all I did was to prioritise my time. I didn’t really take note of how much time I spent on studies

Arya: For me it’s not about the time I spend, it’s whether I can get my things done. So when I had homework to do, that’s the most important thing, and then I had to revise what I’d learnt. Then there’s cca. Although that was just the first half of the year- after that we had time to study. And for me, I didn’t really study every day. You'll just go mad after that, so I tried to spend time with my family, or to go out with my friends.  We must try to manage everything together, don't just focus on one thing

Grace: I prioritized my tasks and did the most important ones first. I think you should plan your time well and shouldn’t study all the time. You need some time to spend with your family and your friends and get your mind off the books for a while. I usually did my homework and revised my notes during the weekends before relaxing.

Brenda: Like them, i don't count how long I study, it’s really the quality of what I was studying. And, because my cca was a bit rigorous during the start of the year, as there was SYF, and i was really stressed out about everything, I just tried to study whenever I could when I reached home, and I feel that's important, because after a day at school I didn't feel like I could study when I reached home because I would be really tired.

Aleena: I made a to do list every day, so I roughly knew what I wanted to do. Most of the time it varied because sometimes I didn’t get things done on time. I liked to make sure that I revised thoroughly so that even if i didn’t get things done on time I shifted them to another day, so that I could at least be assured that I had studied this topic well.

Ranjeeta: I guess you could say that time spent studying was pretty much limitless. You don't really keep track of these kinds of things. The way I managed my time was that I listed out the entire syllabus for all subjects and I saw all the topics and I worked till I completed everything- until the point where I lost track of how many times I had completed each chapter.

Si Xuan:To me, it’s more of a ‘feeling’ kind of thing, it’s like, after you had revised the chapter for a sufficient amount of time, you can move on. My cca took up much of my time during my sec 3 December holidays so I was lucky. Since I was planning the campfire it was quite ok as I still had break times every day after school.

Q: What were some of the obstacles you had to overcome while preparing?

Alicia : The two major obstacles that I had to overcome  were procrastination and the fear of disappointment. When I was preparing, I was constantly afraid that what I was doing was not enough as compared to the rest of my friends.

Han Wen: The biggest problem for me was English. In China, our English lessons were a lot easier. So, when I came here, my biggest obstacle was definitely English. Sometimes, I felt that it was very hard for me to improve. I think all the scholars from different countries feel that English is our biggest problem. I also sometimes felt that our parents, teachers and friends have very high expectations of us as we are scholars and we are supposed to study well and get good grades. Sometimes it was very hard to cope under such pressure.

Q: Which subject was the most difficult for you and how did you manage it?

Amruta: The most challenging was Physics. When I was in Sec 3, I thought my Physics was fine but it went downhill in Sec 4. I was so scared. But at that point, I realized that there was no point worrying about it and not doing anything. I used to be scared of approaching my teachers, but after that I spent three days a week having consultations after school. It helped so much. I jumped three grades in 2 months. Most of the credit goes to the teachers for my A1 in that subject.

Hannah: English was difficult for me because I was not practising as much as I should. My grades would fluctuate. It’s very hard to prepare for the exam because you can’t predict which topics will come out. My teachers sent us a lot of other schools’ papers, and I would plan out my points for the essays.

Q: What do you think about the various structures that Crescent has put in place for the Sec 4 students, such as Mock Exams, Remedial Lessons, Consultation sessions, Evening Study, etc? Did they help you and how?

Grace: I think the mock exams and everything else helped us feel more prepared for the real exams as we had more practice of taking exams under pressure.

Hannah: The morning writing practices were very useful as I hardly ever practised writing compositions on my own. That one hour of writing was very good practice.

Anuja: I think the structure was really well organised and well planned out because all these different things they planned out for us was really helpful- especially the consultations because you really need them if you are weak in a particular subject. For example, I was weak at social studies, so I had to seek out my teacher for consultations and that really helped push my grades up. I think that it was really helpful because not everyone is an independent learner, so they have to be pushed along the way and these structures really helped us a lot.

Arya: I think that the structures they put in place to help the sec 4s was really good, because for me, English was one of my weaker subjects. It was a new syllabus and i couldn't cope with it. My teacher is Ms Ng, and I had consultation with her towards the ends, and I realised that there are certain areas I was weak in, and she really helped point that out. We also had the motivational workshop in March, and that was actually very helpful and because of that I realised what kind of learner I am, my personality type, and based on that, how I could plan my studies. I think that all these things that crescent has put in to help us is really helpful, and I'm very thankful for that.

Ranjeeta:The educational structures put up by crescent were really inspiring and helpful for us. Simply put, it kept us all on our toes, because there were mock exams and tests on and on and on.. so you really had to keep track of your work. Our teachers were really a great, great, great help in pointing out mistakes and helping us improve, even though the o levels were just weeks away. Educational structures aside, the comic relief injected by teachers during lessons was really helpful to help us relieve our stress during the day.

Si Xuan: My favourite part was the consultation sessions. We could pick the friends we wanted to study with as most of us had similar weaknesses, and it was more efficient when the teacher can spot your weaknesses and spend more time with you.

Q: What advice would you give to his year’s cohort of sec 4s who will be sitting for their ‘O’ levels in October?

Anuja : I think the first advice would be to have a lot of confidence and faith in yourself because that was what got me through last year. Of course, at some point in time I lost that confidence and I used to break down quite a bit, but I used to tell myself that if I continued to study and have faith in yourself that, that I would study, I would get through. So the first advice I would give you is to be confident about yourself, because if you can do it, you will do it. Secondly, I think that life is not all about ‘O’ levels. Like what Mrs Tan tells us, there is more in your life than exams. So you shouldn’t focus too much on the exam and that will help you reduce the stress level a lot and it will also help you in your studies eventually.

Hannah: I feel that you have to be very consistent in your work. I used to make my own notes to make sure I understood everything. You have to ensure you have enough sleep and that you are healthy so that you do miss any lessons. Don’t be worried and don’t stress yourself out. Time will pass very fast and it will be over before you know it.

Arya: My first advice is that since it is your last year in Crescent, you should enjoy every bit of it that you can. For me, I had really great friends, so hang out with them all you can and don’t be a nerd or a mugger staying away from all the enjoyment. Just studying and studying is not going to help you, and you will break down in the end. Have a time-table so that you can have time to enjoy yourself, and at the same time focus accordingly. Don’t panic. Know your strengths and weaknesses and then you can work according to that. So yeah, enjoy yourself in crescent!

Tessa Ho: Don’t procrastinate. Do your homework when you first get it, don’t wait until the last few days to do it, as you’ll find that the homework just piles up. Then you find that you have to sleep so late just to finish the homework. Affect your ability to absorb what is being taught in class.

Kai Lin:I agree with Tessa, as the homework really helps strengthen your understanding of that particular subject. I also think that you should also treasure your friends around you, because your friends actually help you to ‘destress’, too.

Jen Min: To the Secondary 4s: Be consistent in your schoolwork, and also sleep early. As what Kai Lin said, treasure your friends, as they are going to be a very important part of your secondary school life.

Elizabeth: Have enough sleep, because that really helps increase productivity. And you can also make use of the time travelling to and from school to study. You can mug on the bus, for example, it helps a bit. Plan a realistic schedule. I know everybody says this, but it’s true. And you need to find a good way to study. For me, I find that I mug best when I lie on the floor in my dining room. Make sure you attempt lots of practice papers for the different subjects too.

Ranjeeta: My first piece of advice is to have confidence in yourself as it is extremely important. Otherwise, you would not make it through the year. Secondly, I shall give an exam tip. One important thing that I felt helped me a lot during the exam is to keep breathing deeply. I realised that a lot of people had shallow breathing because they ‘forgot to breathe’ during the examinations. So if you come across a question that you do not know, don’t panic. Just breathe in and breathe out and keep moving on, and when you finish, come back to the question again and tackle it, and I am pretty sure you will be able to solve it.  

Q: What would you like to say to the people who have helped you, in one way or another, to achieve your wonderful results? Who might these people be?

Brenda: I would like to thank my parents and teachers because they were always there for me. My teachers provided me with a listening ear in school when I faced problems, and sometimes, those are problems that i could not tell my parents. So, them listening to me and giving me the adequate advice was really helpful, and it also helped me make this entire journey much more bearable as sometimes it was really tough.

Alina: I would like to thank my family because they have always been supportive and they always understood me, like giving me space when i needed it and giving me encouragement when I felt down. I would also like to thank my teachers because they were very supportive of us and they were always very patient, even though we made them angry at times.

Si Xuan: First of all, I would like to thank my family because they helped me through this entire journey. For example, there was one time where in broke down in front of them and threw a tantrum, but they continued to comfort me after I apologised. They also put up with all of my bad temper throughout the year when I was feeling upset about myself. Secondly, I would also like to thank my teachers as they all contributed in their own ways. Some teachers would leave a lot of comments on our worksheets and others gave us a lot of consultation lessons. Lastly, i would like to thank my friends because they all worked hard together with me.

Q: What are some of your plans after this?

Anuja: I think the first thing that is on my mind is which Junior College or Polytechnic I want to apply to. Secondly, I just want to have fun for the next four weeks before the hectic work in JC starts. These are some of my plans for now.

Brenda:  I am just going to have fun and go to different open houses because once I got my results, I had a clearly view of which JC I wanted to go to. I really want to have fun before JC life starts as it will be hectic.

Jamie: I plan to get myself into a good JC, and to pursue music, because that’s what I want to do when I grow up.

Reported by:

Simran Kaur (4C1) & Teo Sze Anne (4C1)
Anusha Shivram (4C3) & Wee JieQi (4C3)
Tan Ning (4S1) & Celine Wee (4S1)