5 Things to Do after Getting Your SPM Results
Graphics and Words by Caitlin Chuah
SPM results have just been released! If you are reading this, we hope all your hard work paid off by getting the results you wanted. On a more serious note, if you haven’t already, now’s the time to start planning for your future. Whether you’re a straight-A student or barely passed, there are plenty of options for each one of you. Below is a list of 5 things to do after getting your SPM results.
1. Narrow down your options
You’ve probably already given some thought as to what you’d like to pursue after high school. Now’s the time to start narrowing down your options. As a basic guideline, focus on the subjects you scored well in, or the ones you’re passionate and interested in. Then, do some research on the career options and prospects of that subject. Like or dislike what you see? Decide accordingly.
2. Choose a Pre-U programme
Before you begin your degree, you need to complete your pre-u. Some of the most common options are: STPM, A-Levels, Diploma, Foundation or Matriculation programmes such as SACE, AUSMAT, SAM, CIMP, CPU etc. If you’re already sure of what you’d like to pursue for your degree, then a diploma will allow you to jump right into what you’re passionate about. However, if you’re still deciding, but have a vague vision of what you’d like to do, then A-Levels, STPM, Foundation or a Matriculation programme is your best bet. Additionally, if you are someone who prefers assignments and projects over tests, then a Foundation or Matriculation programme will suit you better than A-Levels or STPM.
3. Brush up on your English
If you plan on studying abroad, it is likely you will need to take an English Proficiency test, such as the IELTS or TOEFL. Use this time in between studies to brush up and improve your English. Not only will you score well for your English Proficiency test, but communication will be easier for you once you travel abroad for your studies.
4. Attend education counselling
If you don’t know what “education counselling” means, it is a service that provides advice and assistance to help students make the right decision for their studies. We at JM are devoted to guiding students in choosing a course and university, all the way through to applying for that specific course, visa and accommodation. Feel free to book an appointment with us through our website or DM us on our social media platforms. We are more than happy to help you out! 😊
5. Take a gap year
Still can’t decide what to do? Well then, taking a gap year will allow you to clear your mind and develop a sharper direction for your future. Use this time to prepare yourself for university life. Be more independent and learn to get things done for yourself. Learn to cook, do your laundry and clean, all of which you will need to do once you’re in university. It’s also encouraged for you to get a job and begin saving up some money during this time. Once you’ve decided what you want to pursue, you could use your savings as extra pocket money during your university years. You will have more financial freedom to travel, have nights-out with your friends and even pamper yourself every once in a while.
If you have any questions or inquiries regarding your tertiary education, feel free to contact us. Our services include: education and career counselling, assistance in college/university applications, student visa application, arranging accommodation and more!