High achievers share formula to stellar performance

Azlan Othman

The top students of 2019’s major examinations shared their formulae to success following a prize presentation ceremony yesterday.

Mohd Aiman bin Johari, who scored 99 per cent in the Math Syllabus D for the BC-GCE ‘O’ Level examination and is one of the top 10 students in the world in the Cambridge examination, listed “determination” as being a key factor.

“The first step is to ask yourself if you really want to do it. Decide and plan ahead; you will need to work hard,” said the former Sultan Sharif Ali Secondary School student, who is now pursuing his ‘A’ Level at Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College (Maktab Duli).

“Balance is also crucial. Some people revise at the last minute, and this does not always work. You have to plan ahead and get an early start,” Mohd Aiman said.

“We need to balance spiritual and worldly efforts. Spiritual efforts include performing prayers five times a day, which is routine for me, on top of reciting Doa before I study. Perhaps it is from such a blessing that I was able to land among the top 10 in the world,” he said.

Mohd Wajdi bin Haji Mohd Ja’afar
Mohd Aiman bin Johari and Nor Akmalina binti Ahmad Kamal speak to the media. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

“Meeting the best students in the country, and receiving this award motivates me to work harder for my ‘A’ Level exam. I aspire to be a doctor, which requires hard work,” Mohd Aiman added.

Sharing the same sentiment, Mohd Wajdi bin Haji Mohd Ja’afar from Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah said, “If we want to secure good grades, we must prepare early and avoid last- minute preparations. We should not just memorise, but understand the content.”

Mohd Wajdi was awarded the top student in Brunei Darussalam for Ulum Quran, which is the science of Al-Quran and how Al-Quran is revealed. He is currently pursuing his sixth form studies in science and Arabic subjects (Syariah) at Hassanal Bolkiah Arabic Boys Secondary School.

“Every time we read Al-Quran, Allah the Almighty is there for us. I am glad to get this (award), and all the hard work has come to fruition. I plan to continue my studies and once I am done, possibly become a part time Imam,” he added.

Meanwhile, former Sufri Bolkiah Secondary School student Nor Akmalina binti Ahmad Kamal, who is the top Brunei student in arts and design, said, “I spent my time researching and got plenty of inspiration from artists and references from the archives. I would re-paint in preparation for my examinations. For my ‘A’ Level, I dropped art as a subject, instead I am taking biology, chemistry and maths so I can undertake a medical course at university.”