The English Panel wishes everyone A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!
Saturday, 29 December 2012
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Saturday, 27 October 2012
How To Make Full Use Of Your School Holidays
So your exams are over and the school holidays are here. What are you going to do?
It's a great time to sit back and relax after all the stress caused by your exams. While some of your friends have great plans for this school holidays, you may have made no plans at all. If so, we would like to recommend the following.
1. Relax And Recuperate!
For those of you who have worked very hard for your exams and are stressed out, it is high time for you to take time off your school studies.
Make use of your school holidays to calm your nerves and reduce your stress level. You will feel better and more full of drive and energy when school reopens.
So how to calm your nerves? Read our second suggestion below.
For those of you who love adventures, this is a good time to take up an adventure. For example, you may join a school camp, an around-the-island bicycle ride or a treasure hunt. You may even visit an outer island or a foreign country.
Such adventures not only take your mind off your school work and reduce your mental stress, they also pump more excitement into your life. You will get to learn new skills such as setting up a camping tent, meet new friends or learn more about your classmates, and acquire new knowledge such as the lifestyle of an islander or a foreign citizen.
At the end of the adventure, you may even wish for more adventures!
3. Pursue Your Interests!
In the midst of studying, you may not have much time for your other interests, such as reading, singing, boat rowing, flower arrangement, or taking up a computer course.
Your school holidays will be a good time for you to pursue your interests. It will make you feel that your life is meaningful and rewarding, as well as pump more zest into your life.
For the time being, school work is out of your mind and your stress level will naturally go down.
4. Volunteer Your Time!
With a few weeks of school holidays, you will have plenty of time on your hands. Thus, it is a good time for you to look around you and realise that there are many people who are less fortunate than you. They include the elderly who are staying in homes for the aged, the handicapped, mentally retarded children, and orphans staying in orphanages.
You may wish to become a volunteer and offer your time to take part in some social work. This could include visiting homes for the aged and putting up some performances for them. It could also include collecting unwanted newspapers from residential areas for sale to raise funds for the needy.
By taking part in such volunteer work, you could contribute your time and effort towards helping the needy. It could turn out to be a most rewarding experience for you.
5. Catch Up With Your Family And Friends!
Every one of us is involved in our own personal affairs everyday. Amidst all this, we sometimes neglect the important people around us, including our family members and friends.
For example, while studying for your exams, you might not have spared enough time for your parents, brothers and sisters. You might be too preoccupied with your own studies that you did not realise that your family members might have needed you most at that time.
Your action may have even caused them hurt. Recall how your parents have taken great care of you all this while, and how your brothers and sisters have helped you in many ways too.
What you can do now is to try and catch up lost time with them. Show your care, concern and appreciation towards them. It may mean as little as helping with the housework while your parents are working. It may mean as easy as helping your brothers and sisters with their school projects. This will not only make your family more united, it will also make them realise that you also cherish them.
Remember, though, that you should not stop doing so once school reopens!
6. Clear Up Your Room!
Did you create a big mess of your rooms while preparing for your school exams? Did you throw your books all over the place, dump your belongings in all corners, and forget to clear your waste paper baskets? Then this is a good time to start clearing your room if you are guilty of the above.
A tidy and clean room is conducive to living and studying. It also shows how much you respect yourself and your family members. Your family members will greatly appreciate it if your room is neat and clean when they bring their friends home. So will your friends when they suddenly pay you a surprise visit!
7. Take Up A Vacation Job!
You can take up a vacation job during your school holidays. This will allow you to gain valuable working experience, including gaining new job skills, learning how to interact with people, and understanding how difficult it is for your parents to work and support you.
You may even wish to try a job similar to what you wish to do when you graduate. This will allow you to get a feel of how your future job may be like, and you can decide whether it is suitable for you or not.
Of course, the extra cash you will earn at the vacation job will also bring you satisfaction, because you have worked for it!
8. Catch Up On Your Studies!
Last but not least, if you have not worked hard enough in your previous semester, or are still lagging behind your classmates despite your hard work, you should make use of your school holidays to catch up with your school work.
Nobody said studying is easy, but if you are willing to spend more time on your studies, you will achieve good grades in time to come. Remember the golden rule, "Practice makes perfect!"
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Friday, 28 September 2012
How to Prepare for an Exam
Spend time practising and studying as early and as much as you can. Setting aside a certain time each day is best.
Force yourself to spend small increments of time studying every day for at least one week before the exam.
Take advantage of all pretest material your teacher makes available. They know what they are going to test you on and should be giving you information to use accordingly.
Attend any available review sessions even if you feel you don't really need it.
Plan your week before the exam to be sure you have plenty of time to study. Take time off of work the few days before your exam to allow extra time to study.
Sleep well the night before the exam and get a full eight hours.
Eat a good healthy breakfast the morning of your exam. This will help you wake up and get your brain moving.
Cramp as much as possible the day of your exam to solidify any final ideas.
Ask your teacher to clear any uncertainties you have before the exam.
Do your best and do not put too much undue pressure on yourself to perform. You worked hard to get this far and can only do your best.
Saturday, 22 September 2012
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
To our dearest students who will be sitting for the PMR and SPM examinations ....all the English teachers of SMKIS wish you ALL THE BEST and GOOD LUCK !!! Hope these quotations will motivate and recharge your energy and thoughts.
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
“Begin NOW thinking about how you will rejoin civilized society, but at a much higher level than you were when you started up this road, because you will have your CPA license.”
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
~ Robert Collier
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
~ Albert Einstein
“Recipe for success: Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.”
~ William A. Ward
“The best way to finish an unpleasant task is to get started.”
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
~ Napoleon Hill
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Thursday, 8 March 2012
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