Belajar, belajar, belajar thats pretty much the call (direct or indirectly) from Malaysian teachers in thoughout someone's education. So much pressure is exerted on academics that extracuricular activities are merely a joke!!! Although people talk about developing your social and soft-skills, where can a kid actually develop the skills...from books? Please lah!

Belajar, belajar, belajar thats pretty much the call (direct or indirectly) from Malaysian teachers in thoughout someone’s education. So much pressure is exerted on academics that extracuricular activities are merely a joke!!! Although people talk about developing your social and soft-skills, where can a kid actually develop the skills…from books? Please lah!

On a positive note, there’s no doubt that Malaysian graduates are book-smart bla bla bla but put a top-student Malaysian SPM grad together in a room with, say american grads with average grades, that Malaysian kid will probably not contribute much because he/she probably lacks certain street skills that overseas kids learn throughout their lives.

Education is important but not everything

So what?! Sure education is important but it definitely is not everything. Good grades will carry you through school/college/university until you get a job interview…this is where the problems for most local Malaysian grads start. They lack confidence, have little actual experience and have no idea on how to sell themselves! In reality, no one will hire you if you can’t give them enough reason to hire you. Working life is not about solving book problems based on theory…its about solving problems based on a combination of theory and real (practice). You need both!

this is where the problems for most local Malaysian grads start. They lack confidence, have little actual experience and have no idea on how to sell themselves!

Get a balanced education

If you are in school now and reading this…don’t lah throw away your books and live life..hahahah….you need a balance between the two. I don’t see the point in taking 15 subjects and no,…listening to music or attending some extracurricular activity like Pengakap doesn’t count towards having a life hahahahahah. Most do it because they have not because they want to (there is a huuuuuuge difference between the two) but because they have no choice.

Know your strengths

Look at the jocks and the lazy kids that seem to have a lot of fun in school. Think they will not succeed in life? Hmmm….depends. They perhaps may lack the good grades but they sure have a lot of drive, drive and sure enjoy enjoy life. They perhaps some day will make good business man or be able to lead people with their drive, easy going spirit or charisma.

Study Smart

Study Smart. Don’t merely go with the flow. Don’t be afraid to be different and find youself (whatever that means).

There are a 1001 ways to suceed in life, getting A1’s in an exam doesn’t mean much…failing to do so also doesn’t mean much.

There are a 1001 ways to suceed in life, getting A1’s in an exam doesn’t mean much…failing to do so also doesn’t mean much. End of the day success or failure is in your hands NOT in an exam or test! Most importantly, you define your own definition of success.

Kevin Zahri

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  • Anonymous

    a good one, kev! why on earth parents today want their children to excel only academically when god knows their children have other gifted talents that should be polished???

  • Anonymous

    a good one, kev! why on earth parents today want their children to excel only academically when god knows their children have other gifted talents that should be polished???

  • Anonymous

    You are so right Kevin! Unfortunately my parents still think that good grades and study hard are the ways to succeed in life. Maybe. But it’s not the only way. Good post!

  • Anonymous

    You are so right Kevin! Unfortunately my parents still think that good grades and study hard are the ways to succeed in life. Maybe. But it’s not the only way. Good post!

  • TERRY GALLYOT – MR ASIA.

    Problem with todays system is if you get good grades then many doors open for you.Bottom line is these top students have managed to memorise the syllabus…but do they truly understand what they’ve learnt?I think not hahahahaa!So 15 A’s mean nuthin is you ask me.LOL!

  • TERRY GALLYOT – MR ASIA.

    Problem with todays system is if you get good grades then many doors open for you.Bottom line is these top students have managed to memorise the syllabus…but do they truly understand what they’ve learnt?I think not hahahahaa!So 15 A’s mean nuthin is you ask me.LOL!

  • jena

    my grades are not the best in the world. but because i was very active in extra-c activities in school and college, (i just lurve charity projects) i landed myself a kick-ass internship in l’oreal. life is good.

  • jena

    my grades are not the best in the world. but because i was very active in extra-c activities in school and college, (i just lurve charity projects) i landed myself a kick-ass internship in l’oreal. life is good.

  • mft

    ur right. in fact i could be the example. i got good grades in school but i didn’t play any sport. i just study,get excellent SPM result and got offer to study overseas (at that time getting involve in sport,etc was not so important to JPA). now i truly regret it. i know i lack of confidence and other soft-skills. even in the evening i dunno what to do here! i feel so damn boring. i wanna play sport but i just don’t have the confidence (or shy) bcos i never play anything. i really want to feel the sweat and talk to others. right now i’m applying for a gym nearby. i trully regret for not taking any sport…

  • mft

    ur right. in fact i could be the example. i got good grades in school but i didn’t play any sport. i just study,get excellent SPM result and got offer to study overseas (at that time getting involve in sport,etc was not so important to JPA). now i truly regret it. i know i lack of confidence and other soft-skills. even in the evening i dunno what to do here! i feel so damn boring. i wanna play sport but i just don’t have the confidence (or shy) bcos i never play anything. i really want to feel the sweat and talk to others. right now i’m applying for a gym nearby. i trully regret for not taking any sport…

  • Syafique

    Amen……..

  • Syafique

    Amen……..

  • Kamaruddin Ismail

    hands on, hands on, hands on! good at book does not mean that you can do well in real life. look at the statistics now…how many malaysian grads are still unemployed? scary to look at those numbers. I believe in anything will happen if we work on it regardless your accademic quo. It doest mean that education is bad but rather as an excuse for most of us to many opportunity out there. but when we think again, why do we need to attend an interview session when resume shall do enough to represent us? how we carry ourself n that matter!

  • Kamaruddin Ismail

    hands on, hands on, hands on! good at book does not mean that you can do well in real life. look at the statistics now…how many malaysian grads are still unemployed? scary to look at those numbers. I believe in anything will happen if we work on it regardless your accademic quo. It doest mean that education is bad but rather as an excuse for most of us to many opportunity out there. but when we think again, why do we need to attend an interview session when resume shall do enough to represent us? how we carry ourself n that matter!

  • Irma

    IMHO, the problem with Malaysian teenagers especially the Malays can be traced back from the way we were brought up. You know la kan, like how we are taught to respect the elders(which of course is a good thing), jangan membantah cakap orang tua & things like that. So, when the kids start asking question, they will simply say, “Ish, budak-budak tak boleh campur. Ni hal orang besar..” or something along that line. So, as these kids grow up, they become uncomfortable to ask question because they feel like their voices are not important enough to be heard. Therefore, I think confidence have to be instilled by the parents in their kids by allowing them to ask questions & try their best to answer them. No matter how trivial the question is. We just want to make sure that they get used to that kind of behaviour so that once they get into real life, they won’t have problem standing up for themselves. Because survival in real life is not about how many As you can get during high school, but it’s more about how you use your soft skills to get what you want. And of course our Emotional Quotient have to be in tip-top condition as well in order for us to hold our head high when life’s not going too well for us.It’s all about playing with the kids’ psychology, don’t you think so Mr Kevin? :)

  • Irma

    IMHO, the problem with Malaysian teenagers especially the Malays can be traced back from the way we were brought up. You know la kan, like how we are taught to respect the elders(which of course is a good thing), jangan membantah cakap orang tua & things like that. So, when the kids start asking question, they will simply say, “Ish, budak-budak tak boleh campur. Ni hal orang besar..” or something along that line. So, as these kids grow up, they become uncomfortable to ask question because they feel like their voices are not important enough to be heard. Therefore, I think confidence have to be instilled by the parents in their kids by allowing them to ask questions & try their best to answer them. No matter how trivial the question is. We just want to make sure that they get used to that kind of behaviour so that once they get into real life, they won’t have problem standing up for themselves. Because survival in real life is not about how many As you can get during high school, but it’s more about how you use your soft skills to get what you want. And of course our Emotional Quotient have to be in tip-top condition as well in order for us to hold our head high when life’s not going too well for us.

    It’s all about playing with the kids’ psychology, don’t you think so Mr Kevin? :)

  • Kevin Zahri

    yeah well said irma.. the cultural influence has a lot to do with ones personality. Its something that will not change but the students have to understand what is required once they start their own lives.

  • Kevin Zahri

    yeah well said irma.. the cultural influence has a lot to do with ones personality. Its something that will not change but the students have to understand what is required once they start their own lives.

  • Ahmad Mubaraq

    Hurm,Kevin Zahri,baru bacer about you in newspaper just now.I’m 16 and gonna seat for my SPM this coming Novemeber.I agree with you!And i already told my parents,but they said….aper salah nyer kalau dapat str8 A!!I think they are right as well….But i dun wanna be like people mentioned in newspaper today..dapat 5A1 tapi menteri pelajaran pon tak tau siape…I think i don’t need A’s untuk berjaya…my dad didn’t go to university,but his family eat more than 3 times a day.Anyway..esok ader exam Sejarah dgn Agama…and I tak bacer aper2!heheheheh…WISH ME LUCK!chow~

  • Ahmad Mubaraq

    Hurm,Kevin Zahri,baru bacer about you in newspaper just now.I’m 16 and gonna seat for my SPM this coming Novemeber.I agree with you!And i already told my parents,but they said….aper salah nyer kalau dapat str8 A!!I think they are right as well….But i dun wanna be like people mentioned in newspaper today..dapat 5A1 tapi menteri pelajaran pon tak tau siape…I think i don’t need A’s untuk berjaya…my dad didn’t go to university,but his family eat more than 3 times a day.Anyway..esok ader exam Sejarah dgn Agama…and I tak bacer aper2!heheheheh…WISH ME LUCK!chow~

  • Malbatt

    Did u just read Robert Kiyosaki’s “Poor Dad, Rich Dad”? Bunyi cam sama jek haha! :P

  • Malbatt

    Did u just read Robert Kiyosaki’s “Poor Dad, Rich Dad”? Bunyi cam sama jek haha! :P

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  • i m from 5 .i need a sporter to me get 8a in my spm

  • i m from 5 .i need a sporter to me get 8a in my spm . i need a helper to i acieved myaim.

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