Bevlyn Tan, 4B2
"Don’t be a last minute worker. Revising at the eleventh hour always brings about undue stress and the stress induced can be overwhelming. Always have a goal or plan in mind and have confidence in yourself. Always do your best."
–Bevlyn Tan, 4B2, Class of 2016
A student in the Normal (Academic) course, Bevlyn did well enough at Secondary Two to qualify for the Normal (Academic) Exception Through Train (NETT) course. The NETT course allowed her to skip the GCE ‘N’ Levels and sit for the GCE ‘O’ Level Examination at the end of her five-year course at PHS. Her decision to drop out of the NETT course at the end of Secondary Three to pursue her passion in Accounting, though unsettling, has proved to be one of the best decisions she has made. With her stellar performance at the 2016 GCE ‘N’ Level Examination, Bevlyn was eligible to apply for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP), a one-year programme that prepares Secondary 4N(A) students for entry into relevant diploma courses at the polytechnics. Bevlyn has secured a place in an Accountancy course in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. She is en route to fulfil her dream of becoming an Accountant.
Bevlyn’s journey to success wasn’t a bed of roses; it was in fact inundated with many challenges and difficulties. However, having a right attitude and determined spirit to do well have enabled Bevlyn to achieve success.
Bevlyn believed that having an Additional Mathematics background would give her an edge when she applied for an Accounting course in the polytechnics. As such, she signed up for Additional Mathematics classes on her own after school hours, as Additional Mathematics was not a subject offered in the Upper Secondary Normal (Academic) course.
Besides spending time learning Additional Mathematics, Bevlyn also struggled with English Language. Her average performance for the subject had always hovered around a B4. In order to be eligible for the PFP, Bevlyn had a target to meet – she had to attain an A2 or better for English Language in her GCE ‘N’ Level Examination. Knowing that she had to deliver a two-grade jump in her English Language results, Bevlyn wasted no time. She started stay behind after school to consult her English Language teacher on areas that she needs to improve on. She also painstakingly took it upon herself to brush up on her grammar by consulting grammar handbooks and when she did not understand the grammar rules in the handbook, Bevlyn sought clarification from her English Language teacher. She also started doing past years’ examination papers to improve on her text analysis and writing skills.
Bevlyn’s heavy time commitment to her academic studies was further compounded by her appointment as President of the school’s Dance Society. Instead of crumbling under stress, this added responsibility spurred Bevlyn on to become even more disciplined. She was honoured to be given a chance to serve her CCA members as a leader and was determined to be a good role model and source of inspiration to them. To cope with the responsibility of leading the Dance Society, Bevlyn drew up a timetable and followed it closely. Following the timetable diligently allowed Bevlyn to monitor her studies, complete her assignments and revise for her tests and examinations while carrying out her responsibilities as the President of the Dance Society.
Bevlyn, who wants to become an accountant, said of her experience preparing for the ‘N’ Levels: “I would like to thank my family and my group of friends for always being there for me when I am facing difficulties. I would also like to thank all my teachers who painstakingly stayed back after school to clarify the doubts I had. I wouldn't have gotten to where I am right now without their help. I am extremely blessed to have people who went the extra mile just to help me.”