“The only secrets to achieving your goals are ample preparation, hard work and learning from your failures,” an inspirational quote that ideally encapsulates Khoo Yun Meng’s notion towards his outstanding achievements. Since enrolling into Han Chiang High School four years ago, Yun Meng has exhibited outstanding, if not phenomenal performances in countless competitions and contests, each time more astounding than the last. His accomplishments include an Individual Bronze Medal and 2 Silver Team Awards at the International Earth Science Olympiad 2019 (IESO), a Bronze medal at the World Mathematics Olympiad 2016 (WMO), National Award at the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition 2020 (IAAC), Top in Malaysia for the Chen Jingrun Cup Secondary School Mathematics Competition 2018 and a Bronze medal at Asian Science & Maths Olympiad (ASMO) International 2018, just to name a few.
The main reason Yun Meng participates in innumerable competitions is that they give him invaluable exposure and new experiences which could not be obtained at school. “Some of these competitions were held overseas, so this gives me a chance to traverse Malaysia’s boundaries and enjoy the sights and experience the unique cultures of other countries.” Moreover, he also managed to widen his social network by engaging with people from all around the world who share the same interests as him, in turn widening his horizons as he conversed and exchanged different ideas with them.
Yun Meng shared that before stepping into any competition venues, he would make sure that he has made a sufficient amount of preparation so that he will not have any regrets, even if he did not do well. “Once I have decided to participate in something, I would be fully committed to doing my utmost best.” For subjects that he had never learnt before such as Geology and Astronomy/Astrophysics, he had to start from scratch and read the relevant materials to grasp and understand the subject matter. On the other hand, for subjects like Mathematics which are taught in school, his preparation process mainly consisted of looking through past year papers to get a sense of the style of the questions. Yun Meng believed that in an effort to learn materials beyond the school syllabus for competitions, it has made understanding easier when teachers at school teach similar topics.
“I believe that understanding the concept is the way to learn.” Adhering to this philosophy of his, Yun Meng has not only strived to impressive heights in terms of competitive activities but also managed to attain remarkable academic results at school. He believes that understanding the subject matter instead of aimless memorising will evoke students’ interests and spur them to learn more proactively. Besides that, Yun Meng also shared that in order to achieve efficient absorption of knowledge, students should try to link the new things they have just learned with the knowledge that had already been in their minds so that they can envision the image more acutely.
When asked about how he juggles between hectic school work, competitions and extra-curricular activities, Yun Meng pointed out that it all comes down to being disciplined and managing his time wisely. He also mentioned that he normally tries to choose competitions that do not clash with any major events so that he does not get too stressed out. However, he does not think that it is humanly possible to stay constantly motivated without burning out. Thus, whenever he hits a blank wall, he will take his mind off things for a while by gaming.
Being so active in competitions, it is no wonder that there are instances where mistakes were made and expectations were not met. When faced with these occurrences, Yun Meng would handle them based on his belief, which is to “deal with it and move on”. He would analyse where he went wrong so that he will hopefully not repeat the same mistakes.
He voiced that careless mistakes are unavoidable, so he just tries his best to minimise them as much as possible.
With the IGCSE examinations right around the corner, Yun Meng claimed that he will have to be more selective in the competitions he is taking part in this year. He believes that though examinations are important as they are checkpoints in the academic journey, other forms of learning to complement the formal education process are also crucial, so he will not be bailing out of competitions entirely. “I will be narrowing it to only a few of my favourites as I also want to do well in IGCSE and make my parents proud.” After graduating from high school, Yun Meng plans to enrol in an A-level programme.
Lastly, he is most grateful to his parents, who have always been there for him through thick and thin. He is also thankful to the school and teachers for their support and encouragement. He would also like to thank the Dean of Studies, Mr Lim Seong Gim, who has been very helpful throughout his time at Han Chiang High School.
With graduation approaching ever so quickly, Khoo Yun Meng conveyed that it is with a heavy heart that he leaves the school where he has spent so many wonderful years as he embarks on the next phase of his life.
继IGCSE考试中考获11A+的好成绩后，毕业前就读SE21的陈政桦同学再次捎来好消息，凭着自己的努力和实力再次获得令人惊喜又兴奋的成绩——数学、地理和电脑科学全球最高分以及全球八科总计最高荣誉奖（First Place in Best Across Eight)。
对于这次取得非凡的佳绩，陈政桦同学很是意外，同时也非常自豪和有成就感。他表示，毕竟电脑科学是自学的科目，所以能考获全球第一实在是得之不易。陈政桦同学也非常高兴可以在数学及地理同样获取全球最高分的殊荣。当然，令他感到最欣喜的非First Place in “Best Across Eight” 莫属了。这个奖项的计算方式是从考生所报考的科目当中抽取考获最高分的八项科目，然后将它们的个别分数进行相加后与全球相同考试系列的考生进行比较，而他在所有人当中持有最高的分数！能在全球140多个国家及超过4500间学校中脱颖而出并考获全球八科最高总分，成为当中最优秀的学生是一件多么大、多么难得的荣耀！他非常开心自己可以为学校创高峰，成为韩中首位获得由剑桥颁发的First Place in Best Across Eight奖项，再次打破学校学术记录，为校为国争光！因此，他会好好珍惜这份成就，并努力取得更大的进步。
沈同学表示她目前在INTI学院就读A-Levels，考完了有打算到加拿大深造，想到University of Toronto读儿科医学或心理医学。此外，她透露道考完A-Levels后她并不打算立刻报考大学，并会拿一些时间考IELTS和完成钢琴的高级文凭。她也想去寻找一些义工或打工的机会，博取经验。她也提及道，她很想和朋友们在分道扬镳之前能一起去一趟旅行，毕竟因为疫情而失去很多，例如她最期待的谢师宴。