Continue with J3 or quit and transfer to a polytechnic?

This query comes from a student:


I am a J3 student redoing my 'A' Levels in a mid-tier JC (don't feel comfortable disclosing which school sorry), and my recent block test results were really bad. Despite working so hard, I feel like I'm not making any progress, and I am so scared my 'A' Level results this time round will also be equally horrible, and I can't get into university in the end. That will mean I have completely wasted 3 years of my life. Having so many sleepless nights, should I just call it quits now and transfer to a poly? Or hang on hoping things will turn out okay? :(

The Response:


As you have already been through 2 years of JC, I would strongly advise you not to give up. This is especially true since you have proven yourself to be capable enough to get into a mid tier JC, so you are already ahead of many of the students in the lower tier JCs just based on your raw ability and aptitude. With your experience gained in the past 2 years plus your greater familiarity with the syllabus, you should actually be in a better position to do well.

If you haven’t already spoken to your teachers to seek their advice on your specific weaknesses and how you can do better, now would be a great time to do so. Success in JC is not merely dependent on studying hard; you have to dive deep into the notes and make detailed annotations and remarks each time you make a mistake or face difficulties with a question. I.e. Do not just “mug” the materials but rather, take an active approach towards dissecting your mistakes and getting to the bottom of everything.

Hope my simple advice has been useful.

I sincerely wish you luck in your academic journey and hope that you’ll adjust your studying strategies in order to nail the A Levels.


Eric Chng

(Senior Councilor: May 2013 - December 2020)

Answered On 14 April 2015