As the C2 seniors slog away for their A levels papers, the juniors are preparing to sit for their first A levels paper, Oral Presentation (OP) for Project Work.
Many may have come to the painful realisation that it is not the time to slack and relax after Promos. Taking up a whopping 40% of the PW grade, it is thus vital that justice be done for all the hardwork (right?), the sleepless nights, innumerable rejections and redrafts we have to do for our PI, GPP, WR and I&R.
The IT directors have thus kindly compiled a few tips (don’t take us too seriously) for OP in order to raise the percentage of As Hwa Chong students get in PW.
No no no wait! Are you crazy? Of course not during OP itself!
All the stress from the looming OP and I&R deadlines, scream it all away!
It is as simple as 123!
1. Grab a pillow
2. Dig in
3. Scream your hearts out!
(Optional) Clean up all your saliva
2) INHALE, EXHALE
Just in case your nervousness and anxiety get to you, always remember to breathe!
Take deep breaths before your presentation to regain your composure, make sure to walk in with big, confident steps and face your audience with a big smile on your face! 🙂
Professional athletes actually do breathing exercises to help them calm down before their matches in order for them to draw out their maximum potential.
A popular exercise is called “Equal Breathing”
1. Find a place/posture where you can rest comfortably.
2. Close your eyes to focus on your breathing
3. Inhale for a count of 4.
4. Exhale for a count of 4
5. Repeat this for several minutes until you feel relaxed.
You can experiment with different counts throughout the exercise, as long as the inhale count and exhale count remains the same.
3) DON’T FORGET (TO PULL UP) YOUR SOCKS
You wouldn’t want an irregularity report written on you for such petty matters, would you? Just putting it out there.
In any case, here is also a reminder that Hwa Chong socks are sold at the welfare room for $2.50 each!!! Come come grab your pair now to look clean and pristine.
“It gives a comfy and warm feeling when you wear it!”
– Mr Ken Yeow
Who knows, a good fashion sense may just be the defining factor to your PW A grade!
4) DON’T FORGET TO WEAR YOUR THINKING CAP!
Fortunately, PW is a highly demanding subject and will require examinees to rack their brains for the revered GIs and A&E.
5) MOTIVATE YOURSELF
How Bad Do You Want Success?
The Definition of a Champion
Look it up. We don’t have the time to do it for you.
6) ‘OPEN’ YOUR VOICE
A practice adopted by our school’s Chinese Drama (黄城夜韵), which always succeed in amusing or annoying the school athletes training at the tracks.
Grab a few friends as you might not want to die of embarrassment alone.
You can try finding friends Facebook in case you don’t have any.
Get your crew down to the top of the terraces, and line yourselves up in a row.
Unleash tongue twisters in any language!
Some High School favourites include:
Do not underestimate this tip as it turn out to be extremely effective in OP as it can help a great deal in your voice projection as well as articulation of words!
7) GET ENOUGH REST
Proper and adequate sleep is necessary for you to focus during your OP. Hence, here are some tips to help you in having a good night’s sleep.
– Contract and relax
Tightening your muscles for 7 seconds (such as curling of toes) and relaxing them systematically from toes to head when in bed can help you to fall asleep faster and more comfortably.
– Put on ear plugs and sleeping masks
The same reason why we switch off the lights when we go to sleep, other than saving on the electricity bills. Switch off the world as you enjoy a dark and peaceful environment for undisturbed quality sleep.
– Take a warm bath
It helps you to fall asleep more quickly as it mimics the natural temperature drop the brain triggers as it prepares for sleep!
– Avoid caffeine before sleep
Caffeine has a half time of 5 hours, taking it near your bedtime may affect sleep quality.
P.S. Please forgive us for our poor sense of humour
With love from the 40th Students’ Council