DISTED College student Teh Xian Zhi carved sterling achievements in the 2013 examination of the internationally recognized South Australian Matriculation (SAM) with Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) 99.60 and a subject merit award for exceptional performance in Specialist Mathematics.
His brilliant success ranked him among the top most 1% of all SAM high flyers in the world this year.
In sharing joy with the high achievers, DISTED School of Pre-University Studies head Dr Loo Ai Yin said: “This year, we’ve more brilliant SAM results with a student scoring a highly excellent ATAR of 99.60 and 2 students receiving the coveted merit awards for outstanding subject performance.”
“Congratulations to our high flyers for their remarkable results and thanks to our lecturers, technical and administrative staff whose dedicated efforts have yet again contributed to our world-class achievements in SAM,” she remarked.
DISTED School of Pre-University Studies programme coordinator Lucy Chin Soon Sim commented: “Our SAM top achievers with highly credible results have done us very proud as a choice college with a proven track record in pre-university education.”
“The SAM programme at DISTED is part of the course cluster that received a 5-star excellent rating in the Malaysian Quality Evaluation System for Private Colleges (MyQUEST) 2012/2013 conducted by the Ministry of Education.
“MyQUEST too ranked DISTED a 5-Star College,” she added.
Hard work with good time management and relaxation underpinned the ATAR 99.60 par excellence success of Teh Xian Zhi, an ex-student of SMJK Chung Ling Pulau Pinang with SPM 11As, including 10A+.
“Paying attention in class is of paramount importance. By learning well in class, I saved considerable revision time at home.
“To be better prepared for the exam, I did plenty of academic exercises and often asked questions to consolidate my understanding of the lessons taught.
“I refreshed my mind for studying through de-stressing activities such as watching comedy movies and Korean variety shows,” said Teh, who plans to read for an applied mathematics or engineering degree in Singapore.
He was involved in the DISTED pet adoption programme where he contributed voluntary services to Save Our Strays (SOS) Penang.
In appreciating the good work of his SAM lecturers, Teh commented: “By teaching with enthusiasm and being ever helpful, they inspire students to strive harder academically.”
As to his choice of pre-university education, he pointed out: “The coursework component in SAM adds excitement to learning and is useful for developing academic skills and soft skills which are transferable to degree studies and working life.”
Pharmacist wannabe Goh Wan Ling said of her high flying achievement of ATAR 98.30: “I’m exhilarated that my conscientious efforts and devotion to academic pursuit have borne fruit of great success in SAM.”
“I’m grateful to my SAM lecturers too as they are not only great in teaching but also, in giving students guidance and encouragement to deal with the challenges of studying the course,” said the former student of SMJK Perempuan China Pulau Pinang who scored SPM 9As, including 8A+.
“SAM is an ideal pre-university course as it can be completed in a fast-track pace of 1 year and provides a holistic education experience by combining coursework and examination,” she added.
Goh was the editor of the DISTED SAM magazine and took part in the college’s pet adoption programme to show care for the strays.