SPM, that very acronym could send shivers down one's spine, especially for those ever-looking-forward candidates and future candidates as well as those currently awaiting their results as that one piece of white, innocent slip would determine where they go next in their next phase in life.
Being an SPM leaver, it's quite common that you reminisce every now and then on all the precautions and advices you should have not dismissed and often a time you would cry yourself in the inside only to land yourself in an imaginary pool of tears. Those tears being that of regrets and lamentations on the precious opportunities you have missed, the bad decisions you had made all along and those valuable advices you have dismissed just to give yourself a ride through fantasy land, away from all your worries and anxieties.
But like drugs, the effect which is the resultant bliss you get is only temporary.
And when you go against all of what society is telling you, just to feel that temporal feeling of elatedness once again, you take more drugs and the next thing you know is that you've fallen into an endless spiral of addiction.
This drug scenario as aforementioned is likened to something we all as students do. Some of us have self-control which is literally having some control over themselves and telling themselves when enough is enough. Unfortunately, a big portion of us students don't have this self-control as even an option for us, at least that's what some of us claim. We often take pride in the saying that goes "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". But some of us go too far as to romanticize this saying and ..in some instances, making it their life motto.
I'm talking about procrastination.
Having been a hardcore procrastinator myself during my schooling days, I can approve of the sayings that go "Procrastination leads to further procrastination" and that "Procrastination is the thief of time". Been there done that. While it is good to take short breaks at intervals to rest your mind, shoo away creeping boredom, etc., studying for just an hour doesn't give you an excuse to reward yourself heavily by , for instance, watching a half-an-hour sitcom or going online to watch lengthy entertaining videos.
For me, my biggest lesson learnt is to never ever foster procrastination . It's really your number one enemy when it comes to productivity. As for my studying habits, I've got nothing to be proud of or to assure you if it's a surefire way to success but here are some rule of thumb that I've honed and have proven to be useful:
- Try and tackle a chapter or topic before the teacher touches on it so if there's any doubts, you can ask her straight away. Also because it's simply intriguing to try and understand something new on your own. Get your brainpower into action!
- Let your reference books, textbooks, activity books, thesaurus, and dictionary be your closest company. Friends come and go but these guys are sure to never fail you. They are there to journey with you through your doubts and revels. So take them with you wherever you go.
- Revise, revise, revise. At the risk of sounding cliched, practice makes perfect, as we all know. Revise especially the topics you find hard. Though it may seem frustrating at first the fact that you still can't tackle the subject on your own despite your effort and time, trust me, hard work really does pay off.
- Do not be afraid to seek help. Not everyone is capable of studying and solving problems on their own and that my friend, is perfectly fine. Go ahead and ask teachers, smarter peers, tuition teachers, online tutors, etc.
- Invest on books. I repeat, invest on books. It's totally worth it. Just make sure you make use of all the books you've bought, don't just stack them up in some corner of your room.
If there's any advice I would give to my juniors, it would be those listed above. I hope whichever SPM candidate who's reading this benefit something from this post. I hope this post is not just a reminder to me but also a considerable piece of advice to SPM candidates.
That is all from me for now. Tata ;)